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The Appetizer Radio Show

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Artistic Acclaim Playlist

Artistic Last week we showcased 16 of the Best Indie Albums from 2015, and in doing so, found a lot of other great music from this year which deserves artistic acclaim. We also want to continue celebrating 2015 from a historic standpoint, because this year does mark a few significant anniversaries in music, namely the 40th birthday of Born To Run, the album that made one of my favorite artists (Bruce Springsteen) an acclaimed performer.

So……this week I’m showcasing a combination of both great music that is newly released from some incredible emerging indie artists like David Ramirez, Austin Plaine, and Aryn Michelle, while also celebrating a little history including 3 albums that came out 10 years ago, as you know 2005 was a big year for me and one that we celebrated this year with 10 Years Going. Brandi Carlile, The Killers and one of Iron & Wine’s original collaborations with Calexico all fit into that category and certainly deserve artistic acclaim.

Oh, and we also have some historic musicians with new albums, some new originals and some archival (best of) work including Van Morrison, Cassandra Wilson, and Robert Cray. It’s definitely a flavorful collection of music for your week. Thanks for returning here to my table. Enjoy!

Hour 1 Playlist

(Show Theme) Lindsay Katt. “Heart Place (Instrumental)” Picking Out Boxes. Lindsay Katt, 2008. 01:45

David Ramirez. “Hold On” Fables. Sweetworld, 2015. 03:40
David Ramirez. “Rock And A Hard Place” Fables. Sweetworld, 2015. 04:05

Cassandra Wilson. “Crazy He Calls Me” Coming Forth By Day. Ojah Media Group, 2015. 06:20
Cassandra Wilson. “What A Little Moonlight Can Do” Coming Forth By Day. Ojah Media Group, 2015. 04:10

Aryn Michelle. “Belong To You” Depth EP. Aryn MIchelle, 2015. 03:01
Aryn Michelle. “Depth” Depth EP. Aryn MIchelle, 2015. 03:26

Robert Cray. “Love Gone To Waste” 4 Nights Of 40 Years (live). Mascot Label Group, 2015. 05:03
Robert Cray. “The Forecast (Calls For Pain)” 4 Nights Of 40 Years (live). Mascot Label Group, 2015. 06:46

Austin Plaine. “Never Come Back Again” Austin Plaine. Washington Square Music, 2015. 03:16
Austin Plaine. “Houston” Austin Plaine. Washington Square Music, 2015. 03:21

These Fine Moments. “Layin Low” Patience. These Fine Moments, 2015. 04:36
These Fine Moments. “Moment Of Truth” Patience. These Fine Moments, 2015. 04:18

Van Morrison. “Why Must I Always Explain” Essential Van Morrison. Exile Productions, 2015. 03:52
Van Morrison. “Magic Time” Essential Van Morrison. Exile Productions, 2015. 05:05

Hour 2 Playlist

(Show Theme) Lindsay Katt. “Heart Place (Instrumental)” Picking Out Boxes. Lindsay Katt, 2008. 01:45

Joss Stone. “Harry’s Symphony” Water For Your Soul. Stone’d Records, 2015. 03:54
Joss Stone. “Cut The Line” Water For Your Soul. Stone’d Records, 2015. 04:07

Florence + The Machine. “Various Storms & Saints” How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. Island Records, 2015. 04:09
Florence + The Machine. “Third Eye” How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. Island Records, 2015. 04:20
Nathan Thompson. “Same Fabric” Screaming Light. Nathan Thompson, 2015. 02:28

The Killers. “The Ballad Of Michael Valentine” Hot Fuss. The Island Def Jam Records, 2005. 03:50
The Killers. “Believe Me Natalie” Hot Fuss. The Island Def Jam Records, 2005. 05:05

Brandi Carlile. “Throw It All Away” Brandi Carlile. Sony BMG, 2005. 03:44
Brandi Carlile. “Someday Never Comes” Brandi Carlile. Sony BMG, 2005. 02:47

Iron & Wine and Calexico. “Dead Man’s Will” In The Reins. Overcoat Recordings, 2005. 03:13
Iron & Wine and Calexico. “Sixteen, Maybe Less” In The Reins. Overcoat Recordings, 2005. 04:49

Bruce Springsteen. “Thunder Road” Born To Run. Columbia Records, 1975. 04:49
Bruce Springsteen. “Jungleland” Born To Run. Columbia Records, 1975. 09:29

The Soundtrack of Life, Part 2: An Old Piano

It’s very exciting to be jumping into the first proper week of our new series, The Soundtrack of Life! For the first time, I’ll be examining music in the context of film to see what we can learn as we immerse ourselves in not one, but two of the most profoundly influential cultural and artistic media to have ever been discovered.

I’d like to start not with big questions of significance, but by looking at a more technical side of things. What about the role vibrations play in shaping our perceptions? In doing research on this, I found answers ranging from the scientific to the spiritual. Generally speaking, my inquiries along these lines point to the vibrations in music having some effects on the brain that remain puzzling to clarify or even classify. Perhaps we could focus more on the emotional effects that different instruments can induce through their various unique “flavors” of sound. Maybe, then, we can learn more if we see the contrast between the way they effect us when they’re used in films. In a film soundtrack, this is particularly important, because the composer wants the viewer not only to feel a certain way, but to somehow connect those feelings with what’s happening on screen.

Let’s take the piano, for example. Ordinarily, a piano that is well-tuned produces notes that are clean and relatively distinct; an out-of-tune one has a kind of plinking warble. The first instrument can be said to have a sort of crisp, mathematical quality that can appeal both to the intellect and to the soul. Meanwhile, the second piano conjures up a sense of age (even decrepitude). Where we might see the one in a way that is respectable or poignant in ways we can’t articulate, the detuned instrument demands a conscious response. For instance, let’s look at this clip from The Godfather:

Certainly, we are pulled more into an older time, but that dissonance makes us more aware of what’s going on – the turmoil of the Corleone family is eloquently mirrored by the slightly “grimy” sound. One could imagine a stressed-out mob boss sitting at these keys, the dust of disuse and disrepair being disturbed in the process as the instrument, ordinarily for show, is used for the first time in years…just like the Corleones are facing real pressure for the first time in years.

Old piano

(image by Till Westermayer)

You can see that it’s not a straightforward affair to put these kinds of connections into words, but this wouldn’t be one of my articles if I didn’t try, English major that I am. I really hope you’ll stay invested in this series and keep an eye out for part two next week!

We Are Your Own Personal Music Curators

Photo by Andrew Wilkenson

Photo by Andrew Wilkenson

Not so long ago, the only way to get new music was the local record store. If they didn’t have what you were looking for, tough luck – and that’s assuming you even managed to hear good music on the radio, which often had little more than classical music and top-of-the-chart pop. Before that, you’d just have to hope the local bar attracted some talented musicians.

Today, we have the opposite problem: total music saturation. Exceptional music doesn’t go unnoticed because it’s unavailable, but because a sea of the mediocre swamps it out. Even if you use a service like Spotify, you might not ever find truly great musical gems. You’ll usually end up with more of what you already have, which is a shame if you miss out on something you might have fallen in love with otherwise.

So how does The Appetizer Radio Show change the status quo? An art gallery would be a mess if every kids’ crayon doodling were pasted on the walls. Galleries need curators to be selective, and we at The Appetizer are like music curators. We go through that selection process to pick the finest tracks, whether they’re obscure or up-and-coming.

Now, you might not be able to have your own curated gallery at home, but what if you could have our service right in your pocket? This is where our new app comes in. We’re building it so that you can have access to a great playlist of sounds you’ve never heard before. More than that, it’s going to be a fantastic way for new musicians to reach people who would never hear them otherwise.

How can you help with that? For just a few dollars, you can contribute to our crowdfunder on Indiegogo. What’s more, we’ll give you some great gifts as our way of saying thanks! A cool sticker for your bumper, a new tote bag, or even an exclusive shirt proclaiming your support – all these are yours, and you won’t even have to pay much more than you would anywhere else. Plus, you’ll know the money’s going to a cause you can be proud of. The biggest donors can even snag some air time on our show, autographed goodies, and more!

Would you like to be a music curator? Connect with D Grant Smith and let us know what you want to bring to our table?


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