Thursday, September 11, 2014

Love Is a Real Thing - September 7, 2014

Sundays, 6 to 9 am

After a mind-boggling palate and brain cleanser of rock opera, a little Kiss, a heavy dose of the Kinks, and even some Queen (yes, it was a very strange spirit that overtook me) I felt I had to strip it down this Sunday, get back to the essence of what Love Is a Real Thing is supposed to be. That essence, as I've said time and time again, is the Blues. You can have your soul music, your R'n'B, your funk and your hip-hop, but the same foundation has elevated these monuments to the upper peaks of our collective consciousness--the Blues. Man, it went down pretty and sad this Sunday. Thank you for the calls, and thank you as always for the support.

Love's a Real Thing - Super Eagles
Everyday I Have the Blues - Lowell Fulson
Trouble in Mind - Nina Simone
Deep Sea Blues - Lonnie Johnson
Dark Road - Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry
Mellow Down Easy - Little Walter
Ol' Man River - Ivory Joe Hunter
Sittin' on Top of the World - Howlin' Wolf
It Hurts Me Too - Tampa Red
Strange Fruit - Josh White
I Cover the Waterfront - Billie Holiday
It Was Early One Morning - Leadbelly
Midnight Special - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Wrote a Song for Everyone - Mavis Staples
Sick and Tired - Fats Domino
The Sun Is Shining - Jimmy Reed
Come On in My Kitchen - Robert Johnson
Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson
Let It Loose - The Rolling Stones
Love in Vain (live) - The Rolling Stones
I Be's Troubled - Muddy Waters
Standin' Around Cryin' - Muddy Waters
I Just Want to Make Love to You - Etta James
Crackin' Up - Bo Diddley
You're Gonna Need that Pure Religion - Lucinda Williams
Greenville - Lucinda Williams
Satisfied Mind - Lucinda Williams
Long Way to Tipperary (live) - Rev. Gary Davis
Key to the Highway - Big Bill Broonzy
Milk Cow Blues - The Kinks
From a Buick 6 - Bob Dylan
Temporarily Like Achilles - Bob Dylan
Just Like a Woman (live) - Danny Cox
Boogie Chillen - John Lee Hooker
Serves Me Right to Suffer (live) - John Lee Hooker
How Blue Can You Get (live) - B.B. King
The Thrill Is Gone (live) - B.B. King
Hideaway - Freddie King
Crosscut Saw - Albert King
Father Death - Allen Ginsberg
Jesus Gonna Be Here - Tom Waits

KTUH FM Honolulu; 90.3 in Town, 91.1 on the North Shore, 89.9 on the Windward Side, ktuh.org

Love Is a Real Thing - August 31, 2014

Sundays, 6 to 9 am

I think I may have slightly lost my mind this morning. Perhaps it was the early onset of sickness, my bum knee not getting any better, or maybe the three record-spinning gigs from the previous week had me burned out on the R'n'B groove. In any case, I don't know how this playlist came together, or how how it came across, or why I kept getting deeper and deeper into rock opera tracks by Genesis and the Who. And where did all the Kinks songs come from?

But it happened, folks. Let's take a little trip down memory lane:

I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
Needles and Pins - The Ramones
Congratulations - The Rolling Stones
Your Sweet and Shiny Eyes - Bonnie Raitt
Copper Kettle - Bob Dylan
Like a Rolling Stone (live) - Bob Dylan
Victoria - The Kinks
Changes (live)* - Jimi Hendrix
Arthur - The Kinks
This Is Where I Belong - The Kinks
The Lantern - The Rolling Stones
The Carpet Crawlers - Genesis
We're Not Gonna Take It - The Who
A Quick One While He's Away - The Who
Happy Jack - The Who
Monolith - T. Rex
"Heroes" - Davis Bowie
Sound + Vision - David Bowie
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey - The Beatles
God - John Lennon
Elephant Man - Bo Diddley
Go Now - The Moody Blues
Downtown Train - Tom Waits
Wild Honey - The Beach Boys
Sister Ray - The Velvet Underground
Big White Cloud - John Cale
Black Diamond - Kiss
Androgynous - The Replacements
King Harvest - The Band
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
Days - The Kinks
Everyone - The Kinks

* - by request

KTUH FM Honolulu; 90.3 in Town, 91.1 on the North Shore, 89.9 on the Windward Side, ktuh.org

Love Is a Real Thing - August 24, 2014

Sundays, 6 to 9 am

This Sunday, the spirit of New Orleans existed within the nexus of the KTUH studios on the second floor of Hemenway Hall. Lee Dorsey, Ben Spellman and Allen Toussaint all went down as easy as a pig foot and a bottle of beer. And Mac Rebennack guided the funk-drunk proceedings with choice selections from his first and latest albums: Gris-Gris (1968) and Locked Down (2012). A warm thank you to all the listeners who shared in the organ and horn-blasted experience.

Love's a Real Thing - Super Eagles
Can I Be Your Squeeze - Chuck Garbo
Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya - Dr. John
Rubber Band - Eddie Bo
Hey Little Girl - Professor Longhair
Locked Down - Dr. John
Trouble in Mind - Clifton Chenier
Ti Na Na - Clifton Chenier
Natural Soul Brother - Danny White
Mama Roux - Dr. John
12 Red Rose - Betty Harris
Yes We Can - Lee Dorsey
Love Lots of Lovin' - Lee Dorsey and Betty Harris
Four Corners - Lee Dorsey
Fortune Teller - Ben Spellman
Get Out of My Life Woman - Allen Toussaint
Mardi Gras in New Orleans - Professor Longhair
Revolution - Dr. John
Soul Pusher - Joe Chopper
Right Place, Wrong Time - Ray J.
Right Place, Wrong Time - Dr. John
I Done Got Over It - Irma Thomas
Don't You Just Know It - Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns
Boom Boom Boom (live)* - The Iguanas
Gatur Bait - The Gaturs
Ice Age - Dr. John
Walk on Gilded Splinters - Dr. John
I Wish I Was in New Orleans - Scarlett Johansson
Tipitina - Professor Longhair
Mama Said We Can't Get Married - Warren Lee
(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue - Louis Armstrong
Dead Man Blues - Jelly Roll Morton
Too Early in the Morning - Champion Jack Dupree
Just Kissed My Baby - The Meters
Garden of Four Trees - The Explosions
Gossip - Cyril Neville
Tell Me What's on Your Mind - Cyril Neville
Hold On, Help Is On the Way - G. Davis and P. Taylor
Getaway - Dr. John
Danse Kalimba Ba Boom - Dr, John
Haven't I Been Good to You - Johnny Moore
The Dap - Porgy Jones

* - by request

KTUH FM Honolulu; 90.3 in Town, 91.1 on the North Shore, 89.9 on the Windward Side, ktuh.org

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Love Is a Real Thing - August 17, 2014

Sundays, 6 to 9 am

Apologies for the long absence. After a Saturday afternoon screening of the Alex Gibney documentary Finding Fela! at the Honolulu Museum of Art, I felt this Sunday's program should be dedicated not only to the music of Fela Kuti (including his early band Koola Lobitos and the great rhythmic vehicle Africa '70), but to a variety of Afrobeat, Afro-pop, and artists in general from the continent of Africa. The beat never stops--the passion continues--and the music rolls on, always inspirational. Playlist below.

Love's a Real Thing - Super Eagles
Monkey Banana - Fela Ransome Kuti and Africa '70
Highlife Time - Koola Lobitos
Ako - Fela Kuti
Gwensobya - Frida Sonko
Soul Imbaq - Soul Prophets
Nima Namusonda Sanguweji - Kunda and Monyand
Kauzkata - Os Bongos
Kale Kale - Konono No. 1
Motako - Fidel Sax Bateke and the Voices
Noude Ma Gnin Messe - Orchestre Poly-Rhthmo Cotonou
Disco Africa - Ogyatanaa Show Band
Girl from Addis Ababa - Mulatu Astake
Bazali Bam - Bazali Bam
James Brown Rides On - Orlando Julius
Petit Sekou - Bembeya Jazz National
Nkali's Shuffle - The Klooks
Funky Message - The Heroes
Wozani Mohipi - Mahotella Queens
Dyambo - Hugh Masakela and Union of South Africa
Grazing in the Grass - Hugh Masakela
So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star - The Byrds
Mwe Baiyashi Centeleni - Kabushi and Mwenya
Tezeta - Mulatu Astake
Zombie - Fela Kuti
Kamu Talyat - Group Inerane
Love Is Love - Alemayno Eshintay
Lipa Kodi Ya City Council - Isaya Mwinamo
The Quest - Afro Cult Foundation
Wanna Do My Thing - Matata
Last Time - The Anchors
Congolaise Benin Ye - Le Super Borgou de Parakou
DJorolen - Bela Fleck
Ene Alantchie Alnorem - Mulatu Astake

KTUH FM Honolulu; 90.3 in Town, 91.1 on the North Shore, 89.9 on the Windward Side, ktuh.org

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Love Is a Real Thing - May 4, 2014

Sundays, 6 to 9 am
with host Jeff Long

The station was a funk disco this muggy Sunday morning, pumping out dance tracks that would turn any brunch into a free-for-all booty-shakin' contest. Towards the end of the second hour things got a little psychedelic, with far-out tracks by the Dead and MGMT. Billie Holiday brought it all back around with a little help from Ella singing live in Hollywood, and Deodato closed it out the show with a strobe-lit monolith flashing against the starry universe.

Love's a Real Thing - Super Eagles
The Ghetto - Donny Hathaway
The Twitch - Danny White
Bam Bam - Toots and the Maytals
Funky Message - The Heroes
It's Alright - The Wailers
Dancing Time - The Funkees
Mashed Potato - Dee Dee Sharp
Gravy (for My Mashed Potatoes) - Dee Dee Sharp
We're in Yr Corner - Cornershop
Fun - Sly and the Family Stone
M'Lady - Sly and the Family Stone
Dance to the Music - Sly and the Family Stone
Four Corners - Lee Dorsey
Chicken Strut - The Meters
You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry
Girl from Addis Ababa - Mulatu Astake
Cantor de Mambo - Os Mutantes
Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill
Joy - Apollo 100
Jimmy - M.I.A.
I Feel Love - Donna Summer
Bat Dance - Prince
Uptown - Prince
Electric Feel - MGMT
Flash Delirium - MGMT
Emotional Rescue - The Rolling Stones
Shakedown Street - The Grateful Dead
John, I'm Only Dancing Again - David Bowie
Boogie On Reggae Woman - Stevie Wonder
What a Little Moonlight Will Do - Billie Holiday
Take the "A" Train (live) - Ella Fitzgerald
What'd I Say (live) - Ray Charles
Breakout - Arnie Love and the Lovettes
Shame Shame Shame - The Harmonettes
Don't Stop Dancin' - Jackie Stoudemire
Yeah Right, You Know You're Right - The Gaturs
Son of Shaft - The Bar-Kays
Shake, Rattle and Roll - Joe Turner
Also Sprach Zarathustra - Deodato

KTUH FM Honolulu; 90.3 in Town, 91.1 on the North Shore, 89.9 on the Windward Side, ktuh.org 

Love Is a Real Thing - April 26, 2014

with Jeff Long
Sundays, 6 to 9 am

By request, this week's entire program was devoted to the Blues. Bob Dylan made a couple appearances in celebration of his visit to the islands on the 29th. Thanks for all the listeners in Makiki and Waianae. Next week's show: all dance music, from Toots and the Maytals to Donna Summer.

Love's a Real Thing - Super Eagles
Sweet Home Chicago - Magic Sam
Fattening Frogs for Snakes - Sonny Boy Williamson
It Hurts Me Too - Tampa Red
Sittin' on Top of the World - Howlin' Wolf
Sittin' on Top of the World - Cream
Please Don't Go - Floyd Dixon
Bright Lights, Big City - Jimmy Reed
Ice Cream Man - John Brim
Jockey Full of Bourbon - Tom Waits
If the Sea Was Whiskey - Willie Dixon and the Big Three
Good Time Tonight - Big Bill Broonzy
Ol' Man River - Ivory Joe Hunter
See See Rider - Lonnie Johnson
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Josh White
Crackin' Up - Bo Diddley
Road Runner - Bo Diddley
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - Lightnin' Hopkins
Trouble Blues - Charles Brown
Sure Nuff'n Yes I Do - Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
Milk Cow Blues - The Kinks
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry - Bloomfield, Kooper and Stills
From a Buick 6 - Bob Dylan
Tonight I'll be Staying Here with You - Bob Dylan
The Motor City Is Burning - John Lee Hooker
Crawlin' King Snake - John Lee Hooker
Back Door Man - The Doors
Hellhound on My Trail - Fleetwood Mac
Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues* - Skip James
You Got to Move - The Rolling Stones
Love in Vain (live) - The Rolling Stones
The Weight* - Aretha Franklin
The Sky Is Crying - Elmore James
Dust My Broom - Elmore James
Dust My Broom - Earl Hooker
Pick a Bale of Cotton - Sonny Terry
My Friend - Jimi Hendrix
How Blue Can You Get (live) - B.B. King
Got My Mojo Workin' - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Got My Mojo Workin' (live) - Muddy Waters
Let's Spend the Night Together - Muddy Waters
Big Boss Man* - Elvis Presley
Long Way to Tipperary (live) - Rev. Gary Davis
Sweet Sixteen (live)* - B.B. King

* - by request

KTUH FM Honolulu; 90.3 in Town, 91.1 on the North Shore, 89.9 on the Windward Side, ktuh.org

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Website (Finally) Updated!

I've said this a million times before--every time I try to update the website, I forget how I did it the last time and have to relearn everything over again. This time I remembered a few tricks, though for about an hour I had no idea how to access the files I'd spent many frustrated, nitpicky hours generating. Thank god for google. I kept searching for variations on the same question until I found a solution that worked (and that I, in my limited capacity, could execute).

So check it out--I've created a new section on the home page that lists print "Books Available," including the recently released University and King, a collection of stories some of which you know and love. The site also includes your favorite excerpts of "The Stories," as well as a couple new Fig Jams featuring the three Al's: Al Green, Al Hibbler, and Al Martino.

It occurs to me that I only update this thing either on or the day after a major holiday.

Happy Easter, everyone.