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Sparks, Turkeys And Those Old 88s

Wednesday, November 18

Taking its name from the Italian version of George A. Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead, Zombi has long held a special place in the hearts of music lovers who also love film scores. The band’s synth-heavy sound recalls the music of Italian horror masters Goblin and filmmaker John Carpenter’s unique scores. We’ll hear selections from that record as well from Kimono My House, the 1974 album from Sparks. 

Thursday, November 19

After spending several years leading Zappa Plays Zappa, a tribute to the music of his late father, Frank Zappa, guitarist and composer Dweezil Zappa returns with his best and most cohesive solo album in more than 20 years: Via Zammata. The album features Zappa performing in a variety of styles with a crack band and guests such as actor John Malkovich. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode of the show as well as music from the soundtrack to Roxy: The Movie, featuring long-lost performances from the elder Zappa and his band.

Friday, November 20

We celebrate the birthday of composer/pianist/trumpeter Chris Opperman with material from his 2001 solo piano album Klavierstücke plus selections from Piano Reductions Vol.1, featuring solo piano performances of Steve Vai compositions from multi-instrumentalist Mike Keneally. 

Saturday, November 21

Listen for selections from Blitzen Trapper’s self-titled 2003 release as well as music from Mike Coykendall’s latest Half Past, Present Pending

Monday, November 23

Released in 2007, Wild Mountain Nation was the third overall release from Portland, Oregon’s Blitzen Trapper and the first that garnered the band national attention. We’ll hear selections from it on this episode of the show as well as music from Lovish, the latest from Canadian pop band Library Voices.

Tuesday, November 24

We celebrate Music For Pets with selections from Laurie Anderson, John Hiatt, Crowded House, and Lil Bub. 

Wednesday, November 25

Listen for selections from Furr, the 2008 release from Blitzen Trapper and the band’s most commercially successful record to date. We’ll also hear selections from Star Wars, the 2015 release from Wilco.

Thursday, November 26

It’s our annual Thanksgiving Day special with plenty of music about food from The Kinks, Lyle Lovett, and many others.

Friday, November 27

Fever 121614 is a new live, vinyl-only release from Deerhoof. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from Black River Killer, the 2009 EP by Blitzen Trapper.

Saturday, November 28

Listen for selections from Problemas, the newest recording by the Latin band Grupo Fantasma as well as selections from the Texas group Brown Sabbath.

Monday, November 30

We’ll preview our December Lou Reed/Velvet Underground feature.