One of my favorite musical outfits on the planet, the Brian Blade Fellowship, has a new album out (there's a cover story in this month's Downbeat too.) The album is called Landmarks and we'll be hearing some of it on this week's "The Bottomless Pit." They're just really really really great ... let's put it that way.
And we'll hear from two other brand new albums: Would You Like To Go: A Curt Boettcher Songbook, by the great Beth Sorrentino, and Raymond Scott: Rewired, by various artists. Both of these CDs were given to me by DJ, musicologist, and record producer Irwin Chusid and they both get a big fat "yes" vote from me.
"Beautiful Music" was a radio format that flourished for two or three decades, but is now nearly extinct. This format featured the most soporific, vanilla stuff on the planet, by artists like James Last, Mantovani, Frank Chacksfield, and Burt Kaempfert (lots of Brits and Germans). I don't know why, but I find this stuff amusing, enjoyable and entertaining; I often seek out "Beautiful Music" radio stations during my travels. Again, there are hardly any of those stations left, for the simple reason that the target demographic is aging out of existence. Tonight on "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, tune in for a big fat dose of musical Soma® as I do my part to keep "Beautiful Music" alive, if just for an hour.
Wayne Kramer has a great new album out this week, called Lexington. In recognition of that, and many other things, on tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, I'll feature an hour's worth of music with Wayne's name on it, including as many tracks from Lexington as the Digital Millenium Copyright Act will allow.
Marshall Crenshaw has been rustling up something special for tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, but so far he's set aside albums from Duke Ellington and Ravi Shankar with Yehudi Menuhin. If you love Marshall's quirky, edifying and eclectic journeys through his massive (and enviable) record collection every Saturday night, please support "The Bottomless Pit" during FUV's spring drive. While Marshall's on the air, you can head to WFUV.org to make your contribution (our phone volunteers will be off duty by 10) or you can call earlier in the day at 877-938-8907.
On tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, an "All-Bobby Edition" of the show, wherein only people named Bobby will be heard from. And that's Bobby, not Bob.. Nobody named Bob will be heard from, although I do talk about a guy named Bob for a few minutes (the show is prerecorded, as always).