Wednesday, 5 December 2012

playlist for night of december 2 (last show in the sunday midnight time slot- the show will be back at a different time in the near future):

the byrds - you ain't going nowhere (sweetheart of the rodeo)
brinsley schwarz - country girl (despite it all)
bob dylan - like a rolling stone (highway 61 revisited)
blood, sweat & tears - i love you more than you'll ever know (child is father to the man)
al kooper & mike bloomfield - stop (super session)
free - guy stevens blues (hammond heroes: 60s r&b organ grooves)
mott the hoople - your own backyard (brain capers)
procol harum - conquistador (a whiter shade of pale)
reverend organdrum - honky tonk (side a & b) (hi-fi stereo)
iggy pop - fall in love with me (lust for life)

hipster, con-man, musical hero al kooper

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

playlist for night of november 25th (beatles edition in honour of sir paul's historic upcoming visit to edmonton, even if, as it turns out, there are more george songs than either john or paul songs on this playlist):

billy preston - i've got a feeling (encouraging words)
the beatles - mr. moonlight (beatles for sale)
the beatles - i'm down (past masters, volume 1)
the beatles - being for the benefit of mr. kite (sgt. pepper's lonely hearts club band)
the beatles - blue jay way (magical mystery tour)
the beatles - long, long, long (the beatles)
the beatles - i want you (she's so heavy) (abbey road)
the beatles - let it be (past masters, volume 2)
the beatles - i'm looking through you (rubber soul)
the beatles - i me mine (let it be)
the beatles - your mother should know (magical mystery tour)
the beatles - only a northern song (yellow submarine)
the beatles - while my guitar gently weeps (the beatles)
wilson pickett - hey jude (hey jude)

john lennon playing some very refined organ

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

playlist for night of november 18:

jimmy cliff - bang (rebirth)
jim croce - a good time man like me ain't got no business (singin' the blues) (life & times)
leonard cohen - darkness (old ideas)
count basie trio - song of the islands (for the first time)
rhoda scott - count basie (take a ladder)
georgie fame - parchman farm (rhythm and blues at the flamingo)
christopher herrick - toccata & fugue in d minor, bwv 538, "dorian" - 1. toccata (bach: toccatas & fugues)
christopher herrick - toccata & fugue in d minor, bwv 538, "dorian" - 2. fugue (bach: toccatas & fugues)
billy preston - outa-space (ultimate collection)
willie nelson - kneel at the feet of jesus (one hell of a ride)
dave 'baby' cortez - the happy organ (dave 'baby' cortez and his happy organ)
roy buchanan - the messiah will come again (roy buchanan)

christopher herrick aka daddy cool

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

playlist for night of november 11:

jack mcduff - blues and tonic (the honeydripper)
sidney torch - hot dog (cream of sidney torch)
billy bragg - a lover sings (brewing up with bily Bragg)
tom robinson band - long hot summer (power in the darkness)
nick lowe - cruel to be kind (original version) (jesus of cool 30th anniversary edition)
harold melvin & the blue notes - the love i lost (black & blue)
william whitehead - organ sonata in b flat, op. 65/4 - allegro con brio (mendelssohn: complete organ sonatas)
dj shadow - organ donor (extended overhaul) (endtroducing... deluxe edition)
giorgio moroder - tears (son of my father)
? and the mysterians - 96 tears (best of ? and the mysterians)
jackie mittoo - brain mark (champion in the arena 1976-1977)
jimmy cliff - ship is sailing (rebirth)
the budos band - aynotchesh yererfu (the budos band)
brother jack mcduff

Monday, 5 November 2012

playlist for night of november 4:

the kinks - lola (instrumental) (percy)
rhoda scott - medley from west side story (take a ladder)
sir douglas quintet - blue norther (the prime of sir douglas quintet)
augie meyers - hen-pecked polka (augie's western head music co.)
texas tornados - dinero (texas tornados)
manfred mann - what you gonna do (the five faces of manfred mann)
manfred mann chapter three - a study in inaccuracy (volume one)
manfred mann's earth band - blinded by the light (the roaring silence)
the evaporators - crispy space bacon (gassy jack and other tales)
ernie hays - gametime (st. louis cardinals organ)
popol Vuh - aguirre i (aguirre)

manfred mann at the organ in one of his most interesting phases, facing and feeding off of pianist/vibraphonist/drummer and frequent collaborator mike hugg in the horn-laden, unwieldy but fascinating nightmare manfred mann chapter three

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

playlist for night of october 28 (halloween edition):

andrew lloyd webber - overture (the phantom of the opera)
frederik magle - the halloween present (the halloween present)
goblin - profondo rosso (profondo rosso)
the alan parsons project - the fall of the house of usher: intermezzo (tales of mystery and imagination)
john cale - ghost story (vintage violence)
buxom lass - another hallows' eve (another hallows' eve)
joseph nolan - menuet gothique (the organ of saint sulpice, paris)
michael murray - fantasia and fugue gm bwv 542 (bach organ works: great organ at methuen)
procol harum - repent walpurgis (a whiter shade of pale)
jacula - in old castle (tardo pede in magiam versus)

matthew fisher of procol harum as the phantom organist

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

playlist for night of October 21:

jericho - backtrack (jericho)
the belfast gypsies - it's all over now, baby blue (them belfast gypsies)
nat king cole - cold, cold heart (let's face the music)
rhoda scott - moanin' (take a ladder)
blind ravage - disaster (blind ravage)
offenbach - johnny's venture (offenbach 2)
tom robinson band - 2-4-6-8 motorway (power in the darkness)
william whitehead - organ sonata in d, op. 65/6: andante, allegro molto (mendelssohn: complete organ sonatas)

amazing blondel - anthem (evensong)
mountain - theme from an imaginary western (climbing!)
great north blues band - voodoo woman (great north blues band)

 two musical gods: nat king cole at the organ (a true rarity: the album featured on this week's show is the only record on which he plays the instrument) with an eleven-year-old billy preston, himself one of the greatest organists and singers of the twentieth century.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

playlist for night of october 14:

monks - drunken maria (black monk time)
the moving sidewalks - 99th floor (flash)
sir douglas quintet - nuevo laredo (the prime of sir douglas quintet)
os haxixins - em algum lugar da mente (os haxixins)
dave barker & ansell collins - high voltage (double barrel)
jackie mittoo - one step forward (champion in the arena 1976-1977)
tony monaco - rudy and the fox (east to west)
david ackles - the road to cairo (david ackles)
dr. albert schweitzer - fuga g minor (die kleine) bwv 678 (bach organ works)
jake langley - gibraltar (diggin' in)
david bowie - in the heat of the morning (bowie at the beeb)

the late great jackie mittoo, an equally powerful force in kingston, jamaica and toronto, ontario's wonderful musical scenes

Monday, 8 October 2012

playlist for night of october 7:

zoot money's big roll band - zoot's sermon (hammond heroes: 60s r&b organ grooves)
jimmy mcgriff - sermonizing (feelin' it)
alan price - no one ever hurt so bad (a price on his head)
deep purple - bloodsucker (in rock)
procol harum - repent walpurgis (a whiter shade of pale)
willie nelson - unchained melody (stardust)
bobby charles - long face (bobby charles)
ernie graham - don't want me round you (ernie graham)
cameron carpenter - horowitz: variations on a theme from bizet's carmen (revolutionary)
frederik magle - like a flame (excerpt) (like a flame)
mashmakhan - as the years go by (mashmakhan)
gene moore - we have an organist capable of stirring the soul (carnival of souls soundtrack)

cameron carpenter, who will be in edmonton this halloween accompanying the silent film the cabinet of dr. caligari, playing the davis concert organ at the winspear centre

Monday, 1 October 2012

playlist for night of september 30 (cjsr fundrive edition):

bob seger system - ramblin' gamblin' man (ramblin' gamblin' man)
the animals - boom boom (the animals)
sir douglas quintet - the rains came (the prime of sir douglas quintet)
jake langley - adam's apple (doug's garage)
the stranglers - no more heroes (no more heroes)
christopher herrick - toccata & fugue in d minor, bwv 565 (bach: toccatas & fugues)
the j. geils band - icebreaker (the j. geils band)
medeski martin and wood - seashack (20)
dick hyman - the spy who came in from the cold (the man from o.r.g.a.n.)
the deep dark woods - the gallows (winter hours)
jimmy mcgriff and groove holmes - closing theme (giants of the organ in concert)
above was intended to close the show off, then an extremely generous donation by tom and derek, after already getting two great anonymous donations, came in and i was only too happy to keep the show going late while we gathered their info
the beach boys - here she comes (carl and the passions - so tough)
dutch band organ - wonderful copenhagen (dutch band organ)
the kinks - everybody's a star (starmaker) (soap opera)

thanks for the generous donations, and let's keep them coming! fundrive at cjsr fm 88.5 runs till october 6th and more fabulous donations are needed to keep this wonderful institution going!

my main man herbert lom who passed away this week and played organ in at least three films: the pink panther strikes again, 20000 leagues under the sea and most importantly the 1962 version of the phantom of the opera, which has forged in the public imagination an indelible connection between the bach piece we heard tonight and the beautiful, tragic story of the phantom

Monday, 24 September 2012

playlist for night of september 23:

deep purple - child in time (in rock)
it's a beautiful day - bombay calling (it's a beautiful day)
christopher herrick - mensch, willst du leben seliglich, buxwv 206 (buxtehude: the complete organ works, vol. 2)
greg lewis - work (organ monk)
dr. lonnie smith - dapper dan (the healer)
dr. john - locked down (locked down)
crazy world of arthur brown - i've got money (crazy world of arthur brown)
james brown - believers shall enjoy (non believers shall suffer) (single version) (the complete james brown christmas)
belle and sebastian - sukie in the graveyard (the life pursuit)
lyres - don't give it up now (on fyre)
the music machine - double yellow line (beyond the garage)

 nuff said

Monday, 17 September 2012

playlist for night of september 16:

arthur lee & the lag's - the ninth wave (black beauty & rarities)
booker t. jones - crazy (the road from memphis)
john cale & terry riley - church of anthrax (church of anthrax)
mutantes - ando meio desligado (
a divina comedia ou ando meio desligado)
jimmy mcgriff & groove holmes - boston whaler (giants of the organ in concert)
money mark - cry (mark's keyboard repair)
leroy lewis - hava nagila (panama)
badfinger - without you (no dice)
kingdom come - sunrise (galactic zoo dossier)

the amazing collaboration by two organists/composers/multi-instrumentalists who, despite appearing to have much in common on paper, supposedly didn't see eye to eye and never worked together again.

Monday, 10 September 2012

playlist for night of september 9:

the john henrys - little one (white linen)
mudcrutch - orphan of the storm (mudcrutch)
the deep dark woods - back alley blues (the place i left behind)
tom robinson band - power in the darkness (power in the darkness)
the stranglers - down in the sewer (rattus norvegicus)
jackie mittoo - drum song (champion in the arena 1976-1977)
philip glass - prophecies (koyaanisqatsi)
attila - brain invasion (attila)
deep purple - hush (shades of deep purple)

organ god william who needs a house out in hackensack joel on the right with his pal jon small

Monday, 3 September 2012

playlist for night of september 2:

mott the hoople - death may be your santa claus (brain capers)
nick cave & the bad seeds - red right hand (let love in)
jacula - ritus (in cauda semper stat venenum)
quincy jones - funny farm (the slender thread ost)
dick hyman - wives and lovers (fabulous: dick hyman at the lowrey organ)
the lemon fog - summer (three o'clock merrian webster time)
georgie fame - money (that's what i want) live (rhythm and blues at the flamingo)
william whitehead - organ sonata in d, op. 65/5 - andante (choral) (mendelssohn: complete organ sonatas)
the sensational alex harvey band - delilah (old grey whistle test live)
abyssinian baptist gospel choir - i want to ride that glory train (shakin' the rafters)
jimmy mcgriff - dishin' the dirt (mcgriff's house party)

jimmy mcgriff!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

no show tomorrow night unfortunately as i will be out of town.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Monday, 13 August 2012

playlist for night of august 12:

crazy world of arthur brown - nightmare (crazy world of arthur brown)
christopher herrick - passacaglia in c minor, bwv 582 - 2. fugue (bach: toccatas & fugues)
moondog - barn dance (a new sound of an old instrument)
gandalf - nature boy (gandalf)
quincy jones & bill cosby - jimmy cookin' on top (interlude) (the original jam sessions 1969)
offenbach - kyrie (offenbach 2)
spirit - mr. skin (twelve dreams of dr. sardonicus)
stephen stills - old times good times (stephen stills)
jimi hendrix experience - voodoo chile (electric ladyland)
grinderman - heathen child (grinderman 2)

honorary organ grinder jimi hendrix, the unofficial guitar playing star of this edition of the show (playing off of organists stephen stills on old times good times and steve winwood on voodoo chile.) the wayne gretzky of guitar - even stronger in assists than goals.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

you may have noticed no new show/playlist this week. cjsr was closed for the holiday. will be back next sunday night!

Monday, 30 July 2012

playlist for night of july 29:

garth hudson & neil young & the sadies - this wheel's on fire (a canadian celebration of the band)
chris spedding - the hill (backwood progression)
brinsley schwarz - surrender to the rhythm (nervous on the road)
gentle giant - alucard (gentle giant)
cosmos factory - an old castle of transylvania (an old castle of transylvania)
barry adamson - sounds from the big house (moss side story)
alberta hunter with fats waller - sugar (complete recorded works)
the lonesome organist - king of the rail model 1895 trainset (collector of cactus echo bags)
quintron - mysterious rangers (unmasked organ light-year of infinity man)
boz scaggs - loan me a dime (boz scaggs)
japan's incredibly un-ccr-like cosmos factory (they run a factory that manufactures the cosmos)

Monday, 23 July 2012

playlist for night of july 22 (rip jon lord and ossie hibbert):

strawbs - the flower and the young man (grave new world)
atomic rooster - vug (death walks behind you)
the artwoods - walk on the wild side (art gallery)
deep purple - speed king (in rock)
jon lord - organ (gemini suite)
michael murray - alle menschen müssen sterben bwv643 (the great organ at methuen)
the revolutionaries - collie in dub (earthquake dub)
jimmy smith - back in the chicken shack (back in the chicken shack)
medeski martin & wood - shackman (20)
money mark - pinto's new car (mark's keyboard repair)

here's a link to a great article about jon lord's work with malcolm arnold:

Sunday, 22 July 2012

organs have scared the devil out of me since i was a little guy hiding from the electric horror device i called the granola (for some reason: i guess all the letters of organ are in there somewhere, but seriously) at my sadly alzheimer's-afflicted grandmother's house. i suppose on some level i equated the unfamiliar screams from both sources. when i learned that there had been mice living in that infernal doomsday machine, it ignited a lifelong combination of fascination and terror that has never diminished.

hence, my new program the organ grinder on cjsr fm 88.5 every sunday at the witching hour, midnight till one (mountain time). i intend to explore all registers and moods of the organ, whether falling under the terrifying, fascinating or whatever umbrella it may be. the first show is tonight, and naturally there will be a great emphasis on the work of leicester's finest, the incomparable jon lord who has recently passed on to the great rig in the sky. listen live at or on the second spookiest machine ever created, the radio.