“I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else. “ –Lily Tomlin
Title: The Bopst Show: “Tumbling Down” (Episode 46)
Rating: PG-13 (Adult Situations) Safe for Work
Intent: To bring joy to both of your music loving ear holes
Quality Diversion: Guess who is getting out of prison?
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Construction Date: Thursday, March 12th 2009
Equipment: Mac G4, Free Audio Editor & Recorder Software from Audacity, Frontier US-122 USB Audio/MIDI Interface, Shure SM57 Microphone
Posted: Monday March 16th, 2009
Artists and Groups in order of appearance: Dickie Goodman, Chris Bopst, Gang of Four, Martin Denny, King Khan & The Shrines, Marvin Rainwater with The Tomahawks, Dry & Heavy, The Asylum Street Spankers, Tymon Dogg, The Harlem Underground, The Replacements, James Hunter, Lateef, Z-Trip & Soup, Tito Puente, The Stooges, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, RL Burnside
Mixed by: Chris Bopst
Art: Chris Bopst
“I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up
something else. “
I already had a serious brain crush on John Stewart, but after seeing his interview with Jim Cramer, host of the CNBC show, “Mad Money”, I have fallen head over heels in love with that brain. While love is usually a joyous thing, I can’t help but feel that we are seriously fucked when a comedian is conducting the most insightful, probing interviews in the media today. If you haven’t seen it, you really need to. It will remind you of the importance of journalism.
This week’s show came together pretty easily. Usually there is some agonizing over what should come next in the mix, but there was none of that this week. Everything just seemed to fall into place. After 46 shows, you would figure that I would have a routine down, but I never really know how a show will turn out until I actually start putting it together.
Starting off this week is a cut up from the 70’s by Dickie Goodman. Anyone who listened to the radio back then knows his work. To those of us who were in single digits in the 70’s, he was a god. New music on this episode includes tunes from soul rockers King Khan & The Shines, the Japanese dub of Dry & Heavy, Austin Texas musical conglomeration The Asylum Street Spankers and James Hunter. I really like that James Hunter tune. So many people try to work that heart on the sleeve angle on unrequited love and fail. Hunter nails it. I always make a conscious effort to include new music on these shows as I fully believe that the best music going is being made in the present day.
All of these present day music makers that you will hear if you decide to click play are steeped in the traditions of the past without being intimidated by it. Well, at least I think so. That is for you to decide. Oldies but goodies from The Gang of Four, Tymon Dogg (best known for singing, “Lose This Skin” from the forever under appreciated masterpiece, “Sandinista!” by the Clash), The Harlem Underground and my single favorite tune by gospel legend Sister Rosetta Tharpe (from which this episode got it’s name) as well as many other essential music makers from yesteryear fill in the gaps in between.
As always, I hope you enjoy this week’s show and eternal thanks for giving it a listen. Oh, and before I go, always remember that there are now 46 hours of Bopst Shows available for your listening and downloading pleasure on this fine site without ever hearing the same song twice.
Until Next Time: