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House Blend Weekly Playlist – Feb. 20, 2018

The Playlist The Picks Orest Soltykevych— City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / Gavin Sutherland, “David Fanshawe: Serenata: Mother & Child” David Fanshawe was an English composer and a passionate musicologist, who passed away in 2010. When he was in his

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House Blend Playlist: Feb. 12, 2018

The Playlist The Picks Bob Chelmick— Fred Astaire, “Cheek to Cheek” Since the early 1930’s (!), this Irving Berlin love song has been one of the highest forms of romantic expression. A smooth dance number that has Fred Astaire and

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House Blend Playlist – Feb. 5, 2018

The Playlist The Picks Baba— Nightmares On Wax, “Tell My Vision” It is the beat, it is the depth and breath of the lyrics, and no nightmares here, just what’s real…. Orest Soltykevych— Nicholas McCarthy, “Frederic Chopin / Leopold Godowsky:

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House Blend Playlist – Jan. 29, 2018

The Playlist The Picks Baba— Ian Tyson, “You Should Have Known” Ian Tyson, a living legend, in our own times. Inspirational and authentic. Lisa Wilton— Asgeir, “Trust” The Icelandic singer’s swoon-worthy falsetto is the icing on the cake on this

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House Blend Playlist – Jan. 22, 2017

The Playlist The Picks Orest Soltykevych— Andrea Gonzalez Caballero, guitar, “Francesco Tarrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of the Alhambra)” Depicts the famous 11th century fortress and palace in the Spanish city of Granada. Lark Clark— The Georgia Fats, “Whiskey”

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House Blend Playlist – Jan.8, 2018

The Playlist  The Picks Amy van Keeken— King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard & Mild High Club, “Countdown” A smooth track from one of FIVE ALBUMS King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard wrote, recorded and released in 2017. That

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House Blend Playlist – Dec. 18, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks: Baba— Baraka Moon, “Julay Julay” You’ve probably heard some form of ‘Must Must’, it’s a Sufi chant, ‘Julay Julay’ is another form of the same. Songs of praise regarding the ecstasy of mystic from Sind, Pakistan

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House Blend Playlist – Dec. 11, 2017

The Playlist:   The Picks: Terry David Mulligan— Jackson Browne, “Late For the Sky” Where to begin? Pain. Feelings of loss and misgivings. Touches feelings and dark places none of us would want find ourselves feeling or being in. The

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House Blend Playlist – Dec. 4, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks: Lark Clark— La Santa Cecilia, “Nuestra Señora La Reina de Los Angeles” A passionate plea for those who are struggling in Los Angeles, the city of the angels, this song reveals, and revels in, the immense

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House Blend Playlist – Nov. 27, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks:   Lionel Rault— Gregg Allman, “Love Like Kerosene” The final album by Gregg Allman, who died in May, is a moving farewell statement à la twilight masterworks by Leonard Cohen and David Bowie. “I know I’m

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House Blend Playlist – Sept 25, 2017

Figure Walking - The Big Other

The Playlist: The Picks: Amy Van Keeken— Fake Palms – “Heaven Scent” Hooray!  Fake Palms have released their latest album Pure Mind.  Vocalist/guitarist Michael le Riche has said that he had been listening to a lot of 60s psych music and

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House Blend Playlist – Sept 18, 2017

House Blend Wildflower Blues

The Playlist:   Amy Van Keeken– Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton – “Wildflower Blues” Sweet groove and warm dreamy vocals on this title track from Be Good Tanyas co-founders Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton.  Kathryn Calder— Duke Ellington and Count Basie – “Battle Royale”

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House Blend Playlist – Aug. 28, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks: Lionel Rault— Bob Marley, “Could You Be Loved” Spiritually, lyrically, rhythmically classic Marley! Amy Van Keeken— Sheer Mag, “Just Can’t Get Enough” New Fav band. A perfect rock n roll track with sass, swagger, KILLER guitar

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House Blend Playlist – Aug. 21, 2017

The  Playlist: The Picks: Orest Soltykevich— Voces8 / Ola Gjeilo, piano, “Ubi caritas” A choral work by the Norwegian-born New York-based composer Ola Gjeilo. It begins “Where charity and love are, God is there.” And the composer himself improvises on

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House Blend Playlist – Aug. 14, 2017

The Playlist  The Picks Lionel Rault— Rodney Crowell, “Storm Warning” Rodney Crowell returns to form…powerful lyric, great delivery from a major legacy artist…a song with (possibly) personal and geopolitical implications…did I mention it rocks? Hayley Muir— Le Plaisir, “Never Gonna

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House Blend Playlist – Aug. 7, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks: Lark Clark— Mokoomba, “Kumukanda” This band is now the strongest voice out of Zimbabwe. They do so many things, and do them well. Great lead singer, terrific harmonies, and the guitarists translate traditional mbira music into

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House Blend Playlist -July 31, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks:   Lionel Rault— Jonatha Brooke, “There’s More True Lovers Than One” An inspired collaboration, albeit 40 years apart, between Woodie Guthrie, who wrote the lyrics, and Jonatha Brooke who wrote the music and supplied the vocals!

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CKUA House Blend Playlist, July 24 2017

The Playlist: The Picks: David Ward— Goldtop, “You Possess Me” Like so many other effective love songs, Goldtop’s relatively simple ingredients (two voices, an insistent beat, a tambourine, a lightly tremoloed electric guitar) help to emphasize the message: “you possess

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House Blend Playlist – July 17, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks: Lionel Rault— Santana (with Ziggy Marley), “Iron Lion Zion” Nobody presents his Dad’s music as well as Ziggy Marley…here with the added zing of Carlos and the rest of the Santana band is an inspired re-working

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House Blend Playlist – July 1, 2017

The Playlist The Picks Bob Chelmick— Joni Mitchell, “Night Ride Home” This ‘Canadian’ 4th of July song summons the gods of summer. Baba— David Wilcox, “Bend A Little” Meaningful poetry, performed with respect and gentleness (this coming from a man

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House Blend Playlist – June 26, 2017

The Playlist: The Picks: Lionel Rault— Aimee Mann, “Save Me” Top drawer singing and songwriting from Aimee Mann…my introduction to her music…memorable! Baba— Bob Snider, “How to Build a Fence” Its simplicity is profound. It is just so, IT. And

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