Join us as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor is in the house! Radiohead, Joni Mitchell and Marian Hill all spin today along with New Music from MEGA.
- Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor Little Feat
- California Joni Mitchell
- Down Marian Hill
- Black Satin Miles Davis
- Just Radiohead
- Chariot Mega
- The Lucky One Alison Krauss & Union Station
- Willin’ Little Feat
Sweet Joni from from Saskatoon. There’s a ring for your finger, it looks like the sun but it feels like the moon. Sweet Joni from Saskatoon … Don’t go, don’t go too soon
Neil Young’s unreleased love letter to Joni Mitchell, sentiments that we here at From the Bottom of the Record Box certainly feel. Joni Mitchell has been a constant in every music lovers life and right now in her failing health, we can only repay her with our love and gratitude for touching us so deeply with her beauty. There, I said it. Just not as cleverly as Uncle Neil. You too, Neil, are loved greatly by all of us. Thanks for sharing California of the seminal Blue by Joni Mitchell with us Tobin, but listeners, do yourselves a favour and listen to the whole captivating album here.
It sounds merely as if the band had selected a chord and decided to worry the hell out of it for three-quarters of an hour
In stark contrast to Joni Mitchell, On the Corner was the larger body of work that we selected Black Satin from, largely because it is the most “radio-friendly” track on the album. Largely panned on its release it has since gained popularity and proved to be largely influential on the coming genres of rap, hip hop, post-punk, electronica and funk. It was Miles‘ worst selling album, an attempt to regain young black Americans already lost to Rock ‘n’ Roll. We are no Miles Davis experts here at Record Box HQ, we’ll leave it for John Szwed to have the final say on this excellent recording…
Jazz musicians hated it, critics bemoaned Miles’s fall from grace, and since Columbia failed to market it as a pop record, it died in the racks. Even now, when Davis’s jazz-rock recordings are being reissued to great acclaim, On the Corner remains lost in time. Still, this record might well be the most radical break with the past of all of Davis’s many breaks.
Dense with rhythm and conceptually enriched with noises, his trumpet’s role mixed down to that of a journeyman, the melody reduced to recycled Minimalist patterns, Davis broke every rule enforced by the jazz police. Yet today … we hear that Davis was laying the foundations for drum ‘n’ bass, trip hop, Jungle, and all the other musics of repetition to come. Szwed, John F. (September 1998). . The Wire. No. 175. London. p. 28 – via Exact Editions.
As we discussed on the show, The Bends is a masterpiece, but one shadowed by this! Nearly not recorded at all due to writer’s block and endless creative stalling, the final cut is daring and confident. And, it inspired Amanda Palmer’s wand of thunder. Despite being 23 years old now, the whole cut still deserves a place in anyone’s record box.
Marian Hill is an American songwriting duo from Philadelphia consisting of production artist Jeremy Lloyd and vocalist Samantha Gongol. Their name comes from two characters, Marian Paroo and Harold Hill, from the musical The Music Man.
From the Mothers of Invention to soul stomping funk masters
As we mentioned in the show there are several recordings of Willin’, the song that Frank Zappa heard and convinced Lowell George to go start his own band, out there. If you like this track then check out the 1972 Sailin’ Shoes cut here.