Saturday, December 6, 2008

Covers are the New Black

Professional musicians who also work hard to put on an entertaining show (and play and sing their asses off) are my kind of people. So I love these guys! L&Gs, Raised On Journey!!

Love and Peace, Clarence

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

gift suggestion for music fanatics

1. Open iTunes.
2. Go to the Music Store.
3. Type "complete motown singles" into the search box.
4. Drool at the results, then buy.

Yes all eleven volumes of "The Complete Motown Singles" (year by year) are availible for $59.99 each. Considering that you cannot find the cds on Amazon for that cheap, it's worth the only-128k bitrate quality. After all, they sound better than they did on the (AM) radio originally. And Universal FINALLY did a great job on remastering the Motown vaults.

What some individual gems? How about Diana's swan song to the Supremes, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", in it's full-length 6 minute & 18 second glory (volume 10)...or the cleanest "I Second That Emotion" by Smokey and The Miracles that you've ever heard (volume 7)...well, you can see for yourselves. And of course, you can pick-and-choose the tracks you want for 99 cents each.

Of course, I only know about the US store. iTunes Overseas patrons, ymmv.

Feel free to donate any of the volumes to the OlioRadio library at any time (starting with volume 10). lol
Love and Peace, Clarence

Thursday, November 20, 2008

OlioRadio is Bigger and Better (and fresher) than Evah!

A new and Expanded playlist on OlioRadio! More music! More spoken word! More odds and ends! And, even some Holiday Music!

So, you ready to take a deep breath and read the list of Artistes added?
Here ya go:
the 5 Keys - the 5 Owls - Al Jolson and the Warner Brothers Orchestra - Angel City - Aria - B.B. King With Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk - Benny Goodman and His Orchestra - Bill Haley and His Comets - Bill Murray - Billy Murray - Billy Wynne's Greenwich Village Inn Orchestra - Blair Hansen - Blondie - Bob and Ray - Bob Dylan and Joan Baez - Bonnie Raitt and Jon Cleary - Brock Rodarte - Broken Keys - Buddy Holly - the Chemical Brothers - Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor - the Chocolateers - Chris Bell - Como Mamas featuring Mary Moore - Connie Francis - the Coronets - Dana Cooper and Shake Russell - David Bowie and the Lower Third - David Johansen - Deftones - Diana Ross - Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy - Dukes of the Stratosphere - the Edison Military Band - Elvis Costello - Elvis Presley - Firesign Theatre - Frank Crumit - Garrett A. Hobart - Graham Parker - the Honey Boys - Iggy Pop - Innereyeful - James Taylor - Jeanett Loff - Jimi Hendrix - Jimmy Page - John Miljan - Juaneco Y Su Combo - Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand - Kimberly Kyle - Kode 9 - the Leake County Revelers - Lou Hirsch - Love is Colder Than Death - Marvin Gaye - Matthew Broderick - Mike Sophia - Minutemen - Miss Leslie - Moe Horowitz - the Monotones - Nichols and May - Norman Paris - Of Montreal - Patti Smith - Paul Winchell with Jerry Mahoney - Percy Sledge - Peter Boyle and John Belushi - Petula Clark - Pink Floyd - Pretenders - Project 5am - Randy Newman - Renee Sebastian - Roy Orbison - Sam Cooke - Sammy Davis, Jr. - Service Station Sal - Sharon Gless, Hal Sparks, Jack Wetherall - So Shush - Stereo Total - Stereolab - Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme - Ted Fio Rito & his Orchestra (Muzzy Marcellino voc.) - The Black Crowes - The Budos Band - The Catalysts - The Church - The Clash - The Cramps - The John Edwards Singers - The Kingsway Promenade Orchestra - The Kinks - The Leland Stanford Junior Unversity Band - The People - The Persuaders - The Poets Of Rhythm - The Velvet Underground - Thom Filicia - Tim Curry - Tito and Tarantula - Todd Rundgren - T.Rex - TSOL - Unknown Announcer - and Walking Wounded...and that's just the non-seasonal sounds!
Those contributing Holiday fare to your ears:
Alvin and The Chipmunks - Andy Williams - B.J.Thomas - Babe Gonzales - Benny Carter - Beto and The Fairlanes - Bing Crosby - Bob B.Soxx and The Blue Jeans - Carolyn of The Velvelettes - Chamber Orchestra and Choir of St. Petersburg Conservatory - Chuck Berry - Darlene Love - Doris Day - Eddie Kendricks - Elvis Presley - Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - James Brown - John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and The Plastic Ono Band - Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting - Jose Feliciano - Judy Garland - the Kirov Orchestra - Leroy Anderson - Lou Rawls - Lou Reed - Louis Armstrong - Louis Prima - Marcia Ball - Nat King Cole - Nebe Quartet - the New York Philharmonic Orchestra - Perry Como - Smokey Robinson - Stevie Wonder - the Temptations - The Crystals - The Four Imperials - the King Cole Trio - The Ronettes - The Supremes - Tony Bennett - and the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Whew!!Plus, included is a documentary from 1971 ("They Bombed in Houston") about the attacks on KPFT in the early 70s. All over the crazy idea that members of a community who might not be wealthy still had a right to Free Speech. Sigh...and how many times have you heard of a commercial FM station putting together a documentary on a non-commercial FM station? Thanks to the Pacifica Radio archives and the folks at the long-gone KAUM Houston for this special program. In this season of thanks and appreciation, it seemed an appropriate addition.

As always, the full playlist is listed alphabetically at Click on this link to go to OlioRadio's Live365 page And click on the big yellow 'play' icon to begin your listening pleasures! Enjoy!
Love and Peace, Clarence

Sunday, November 9, 2008

dtv questions? lol

The simplicity of the Digital TV Conversion, courtesy of 'Talkshow with Spike Feresten':

Love and Peace, Clarence

Monday, October 20, 2008

Pace Edie Adams

I somehow missed this:
Edie Adams, Tony-winning stage actress and widow of Ernie Kovacs, died last Wednesday (Oct.15th) at age 81.
link to story
She was an amazing person. When Ernie died in 1962, she found out that he was over half a million dollars in debt. She worked every job she could get for a year to both pay those off and finance her legal fight for custody of her two step-daughters. She had a Julliard-trained operatic voice, then married a mad genius and spent the rest of her life keeping his legacy alive (& in existance- for dcades few cared if kinescopes & videotape from the 40s & 50s survived, but she did).
She's with Ernie now, so she's happy.
Love and Peace, Clarence

Saturday, October 4, 2008


I've added some new tracks to OlioRadio this week. Recordings emerge from these fine Artistes: A.A. Gray & Seven Foot Dilly - Art Ensemble of Chicago - Bob Dylan (new outtake from his next outtakes collection...where else?) - Comedian Harmonists - Dame Moura Lympany - Foo Fighters (covering Husker Du) - Jesse Belvin - Joe South - Marvin Gaye (covering The Temptations) - Sun Ra - The Patti Smith Group (covering The Byrds) - and The Tides.
Have a good day, hope you don't have to pull your AK...
Love and Peace, Clarence

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New Recordings spinning at OlioRadio

There's some new tracks in the new playlist at OlioRadio. Well kind Sir, prithee who are the Artistes added to the most eclectic station anywhere?, you ask. Lemme tell ya the names: Ann Reed - Blind Roosevelt Graves and Brother - Bob Dylan - Bob Wills - Bugs Bunny and Giovanni Jones - Continental Five - Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker (live) - Edward M. Favor - Fleetwood Mac (the Peter Green version live) - Frank Zappa (live) - John Coltrane - Jonathan Coulton - My Bloody Valentine - Peter, Paul and Mary - Randy Newman (from his new cd!) - the Search for Tomorrow Organist - Sid King and the Five Strings - The New Mastersounds - Thelonious Monk Quartet (live, aussi) - Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis (yes, you read that right...and also live) - and Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder.
To my friends and former neighbors in Houston, Galveston, the Bolivar Peninsula, and the surrounding area: my thoughts and prayers are with you. Katrina didn't defeat us, and Ike won't defeat you.
Love and Peace, Clarence

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The OlioRadio Top 25 for August 2008 is here

The Listeners to OlioRadio have spoken! Again! The latest OlioRadio Top 25 Tracks list is now online at These are the top-rated recordings as voted by listeners (between August 4th and September 3rd, 2008)..

As always, the Top 25 is pretty darned eclectic. From the past two decades come Lyle Lovett, Dread Zeppelin, Mosquitos, and Marcia Ball's release from earlier this summer (well, summer in the Northern Hemisphere). Then, from the 80s there's Warren Zevon (live!) and Time Zone, while the 60s and 70s give us Laurie Johnson, The Mamas and The Papas, and George Carlin. But, also loved were Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers, the Canadian Band of The Allied Expeditionary Force, and (not an aria from one of his operas, but the voice of the man himself) Giacomo Puccini, all from the era of wax cylinders and 78s.

Wanna join in the fun? Listen to OlioRadio- your online source for All Eras, All Genres, All the Time.
Love and Peace, Clarence.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

"Stokey the Bear" Lives!!

This is one of the Joys of the InterTubes: seeing material supposed to have been lost in time. Ladies and Gentlemen, the only Dudley Do-Right episode banned from syndication (by the U.S.Forest Service), "Stokey the Bear":

Love and Peace, Clarence

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Mr. Olio and His, Method

How does your taste in music run? Mine runs in cycles. I'll listen to primarily (but not exclusively) one genre, and after some days, or weeks, my listening changes to another genre or era. Sometimes related, frequently anything. lol
This is why you may sense patterns in the tracks I add to OlioRadio. One time there may be a fair amount of Sixties Garage Band, another time Drum'n'bass could be most prominent. This year I keep ragging myself that I'm adding too many well-known artists. And the next update (when it comes...and it IS coming :-)) may look too Mainstream. But, Popular Artists are Artists too. And I try to add songs that are less familiar or play performances that are unique.
And, I suppose, anyone who likes Bailey's Lucky Seven, Public Image Ltd., the Canadian Band of the Allied Expeditionary Force, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, and The Northstar Session (all of whom were among the artistes added in the most recent update) ain't a great judge of what's "mainstream".
Love and Peace, Clarence

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Vote for Roz!

Roz is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean. Nominate her to recieve additional assistance from American Express (you don't have to have an AmEx card).
Love & Peace, Clarence

Thursday, August 7, 2008

If Art is the expression of what it is to be Human, this is one of the supreme examples of Art:
Greta Garbo at the end of 'Queen Christina'.

Damn, what a genius.
Love and Peace, Clarence

Monday, July 21, 2008

Pace Danny

Just added "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" from this year's Magic tour by Bruce & The E Streeters to the playlist. This version (thank you Bruce & Amazon MP3 for putting it out) has the late Danny Federici on Accordion.
May we each create such beauty at least once before we die.
Love & Peace, Clarence

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

OlioRadio unleases the mid-July Top 25...40 tracks strong!

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor constipation, will stay the posting of OlioRadio's latest Top Twenty Five tracks (at It only delays it until today...
As usual, Listeners tend to vote for older recordings, although, in a playlist spanning the entire 20th & early 21st century, "older" takes on a different meaning. Perhaps I should say "recordings from the last 15 years". Anyways, any list of top rated tracks that includes Robert Johnson, William Jennings Bryan, Tim Curry (NOT from Rocky Horror), Washboard Sam, Ray Stevens, and the Warner Bros. (and, the Warner Sister) is true to the eclecticism at the heart of OlioRadio.
Thanks again to the few, the proud, the Listeners to OlioRadio who create these charts by rating tracks. No input from yours truly (except to get off my wafer-thin prat & compile & post the info). Duke said it best: I love you madly.
Loce and Peace, Clarence

Thursday, July 10, 2008

A Call to Arms for Freedom

Sir Bob Geldof on Civil Liberties in Britain (but his words resonate across many borders, including here in the US):

Thank you Bob.
Love & Peace, Clarence

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

towels needed

Just added to the OlioRadio playlist: "No Good Woman Blues" and "Shout Bamalama" by Wet Willie from the incredible release Drippin' Wet Live (availible on vinyl & on iTunes at popular prices, or on cd for $50-80 USD...or more).
Recorded at The Warehouse in New Orleans on December 31, 1972
Love & Peace, Clarence

Saturday, June 28, 2008

I dood it!!

No, I haven't been asleep for all these months, at least not completely...
I've updated the playlist a couple of times, but never got the updates posted. So, with the latest new playlist now a-streamin', it's (past) time to catch everybody up.
Here are the (verrrry long list of) Artistes added to OlioRadio for your dining and dancing pleasure:
Against All Authority - Amazing Transparent Man - B-52's - Bailey's Lucky Seven - Belinda ad - Big Sam and the Housewreckers - Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra - Bing Crosby and the Mills Brothers - B.J.Thomas - Bobby Fuller - Boots Randolph - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Canadian Band of the Allied Expeditionary Force - Collins Kids - Colonial Club Orchestra - Countdown 5 - Curley Jim and the Billey Rocks - Dave Starky Five - David Bowie - Doug Kershaw - Dread Zeppilin - Dumont TV ID - Dungen - DYS - Firebeats, Inc. - 5 Debonaires - Flower Power - Fran├žois Bayle + Robert Wyatt + Kevin Ayers - Frank Davis Foundation - Frank Lenord - Fuel - Ghost of The Russian Empire - Gram Parsons - Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five - Hank Panny and His Radio Cowboys - Henry Burr - Hoppi and the Beau Heems - Hugh McCracken and the Fanatics - Husker Du - Irving Kaufman - Jack Webb and Jack Weston - James Melton - Jerry Lee Lewis - Jesse Crawford - Jimmy and the Offbeats - Joan Jett and The Blackhearts - Joe Frank and the Knights - John Barrymore - John Hiatt - Johnny Jenkins - Juana Molina - Julie London - Kicks - Laurel Zucker - Leon Russell - Les Sauterelles - London Philharmonic Orchestra - Lost and Found - Lou Rawls and Ray Charles Lou Reed - - Marcia Ball - Marvin Gaye And Tammi Terell - the Mello Kings - Michael Jackson - Michael Parks - Miles Davis - Minutemen - Mister Chatterbox - Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels - Music Odyssey - Nashville Mandolin Ensemble - Nichols and May - No Use for a Name - Olympic - Pinky and The Brain - Primus - Prince - Public Image Ltd. - Raspberries - Robin Trower - Roxy Music - Roy Buchanan - Slade - Sly and The Family Stone - Soft Cell - Steve Winwood - Texas T. Tyler - The Animals - The Black Crows - The Box Tops - The Brooklyn Bridge - The California Ramblers - The Charlie Daniels Band - The Hi-Revving Tongues - The Kinks - The Magnetic Fields - The Mighty Mofos - The Move - The Northstar Session - The Okeh Melodians - The Stains - The Stylistics - The Urinals - Time Zone - Tokyo Police Club - Tommy Dorsey's Clambake Seven - Tommy Jett - Tone - Walter Huston and Humphrey Bogart - Willie Nelson - and XU.

Caught your breath? Shocked
I PROMISE I'll be better about letting y'all know when there are changes to the recordings on OlioRadio, or (hopefully soon) some improvements to the website ( And if you haven't checked out the station blog lately, see the new look at Words to Hear Music By.
Love & Peace, Clarence

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Miss me? Well, I'm back!

After paddling against the current on a very brown stream in order to catch up with a new playlist on OlioRadio (still working on that) and a thousand other things online, I found myself at the start of this week facing:
a) A "Stay-cation" (taking vacation time but staying at home),
b) A looooong list of tasks around the house (generated by my Mom),
c) My internet connection going out.
Of course, the most frightening of these was c). :-) And here's the kicker: Comcast couldn't schedule a service call until July 2nd. Yup, no blogs, no podcasts, no nothin' until July 2nd.
Luckily for me, the neighbor across the street had a service call (for a cable tv problem) this morning. Doubly lucky, my 81-year-old Mom is nosey, and walked across the street to ask the serviceman if he was there to fix an internet connection prob with our neighbors (no) and to tell him that we had that type of prob & that I was told it would be July before they could fix it. Ten minutes later, the guy had fixed the neighbor's glitch, & fifteen minutes after that he had restored me to The Land Where Others Twittr. I'm happy that my Mom's gregariousness (sic?) saved Comcast fuel costs (didn't take much to drive the 50 feet from their driveway to ours) and having to only credit us with 6 days of no service (as opposed to 18 days if the July 2nd appointment had stood). More importantly, I missed being online. It's become part of my identity. I'm not consumed by it, but it is a valuable part of my life. I also want to thank all the Comcast call center folks I've interacted with over the past week. Each one was polite, helpful, & seemed to enjoy assisting customers. This is rare and much appreciated.

Now, one of these days I've got to update that station playlist...
Love & Peace, Clarence

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Thank you Bobby

Forty years ago Robert Francis Kennedy was shot while campaigning for the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States. It feels like a lifetime ago. I fell asleep with my tv on (& the volume very low so that my parents wouldn't know it was on), and I woke up in the middle of the night to newsmen speaking in hushed tones. I know I must have slept during the following several days, during his fight for life, during the train trip, during the viewing. But I don't remember sleeping. I only remember crying. And I still cry today at the memory of that night and those days that followed.
But I also remember your flaws, your faults, your humor, your compassion, your love, and your lasting works that have changed for the better the lives of so many.
'Some men see things as they are and say, Why.
I dream things that never were and say, Why Not.'

Thank you Bobby. I am better Today for your having passed this way.

Love & Peace, Clarence

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Crampton-Jones video

Here's an Animoto video of a bunch of my family (including moi). Handsome bunch (excluding moi).
Love & Peace, Clarence

Thursday, May 29, 2008

fun with Animoto

Here's a short video whipped up on Easy, quick, & pretty good!
Love & Peace, Clarence

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Rest in Peace: Paul Davis and Al Wilson

Two talented folks from here in Meridian,MS have left us the last 24 hours.

Paul Davis, singer-songwriter of the late 70s/early 80s hits "Cool Night", "'65 Love Affair", and "I Go Crazy" among others, died of a heart attack this morning here in Meridian at age 60: story

Al Wilson, born and raised in Meridian and performer of '60s/early 70s hits "The Snake" and "Show and Tell", died Monday in Fontana, CA of kidney failure at 68:
Yahoo News story

Not a good day for music lovers here. Respect and Love to their families & friends.
Love & Peace, Clarence

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Danny Federici

Danny Federici paased away on last Thursday night after a 3 year battle with Melanoma. He played organ and accordion in The E Street Band, and had played keyboards with Bruce Springsteen since 1968. Respect and Love to his family & friends.
Here is a link to the announcement on Bruce's site and, down just a little in the left column, is some video of Danny's special appearance with the band in Indianapolis on March 19th:
I'll remember him on the '76 and '78 tours, putting out beautiful sounds from behind the Hammond organ. "Now you see him, Now you don't...Phantom Dan Federici!"
Love & Peace, Clarence

Saturday, April 12, 2008

the first Tom Cruise straight-to-dvd movie may be coming...

Remember the name.
It is so bad a film that the release date has been moved from Summer 2008 to October 2008 to President's Day 2009.

This could be comparable to "The Boys from Brazil", except that Lord Olivier actually needed the money.
Love & Peace, Clarence

Monday, March 31, 2008

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Benny Goodman, Ric Flair, and Culturcide, oh My!

It's a mini-update to the playlist at OlioRadio. Added to the 300+ Artistes are the Benny Goodman Sextet (w/Charlie Christian and Count Basie) - Culturcide (Houston's Finest!!) - Dionne Warwick - the Impressions - Jack Benny and Mel Blanc - Ric Flair (classic promo) - Sonic Coaster Pop - and The Persuasions (live!). Only OlioRadio offers you the highest level of Variety in recordings every hour, every day, every year for Six Years and counting. Give OlioRadio a listen!
Love and Peace, Clarence

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I've got a New Look!

Thanks to the collection of free Blogger templates at, the very blog you are reading has a new style-a new pananche-a new bunch of css/html code. How do you like?
Love & Peace, Clarence

Monday, January 7, 2008

Welcome to OlioRadio 2008!

OlioRadio is alive and well and has a Big update a-runnin'! A bunch of new tracks from everyone from scientists to Zep, Gang of Four to Shout Out Louds await your listening ears, listen.
And what a large list of cool Artistes to welcome to the OlioRadio digital airways: Albert Einstein - Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra - Billy Vera and The Beaters - Bobbie Gentry - Bonzo Dog Band - a CBS Announcer - Dixie Cups - East Texas Serenaders - Emma Clarke - Fleetwood Mac - Gang of Four - Garnet Mimms - George Strait - Gladys Knight and the Pips - HAL 9000 - Jeff Beck - Joan Blondell, Etta Moten, & Chorus - Joe Cocker and The Grease Band - John Conlee - John Sebastian - Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting - Jose Feliciano - King Nawahi's Hawaiians - Koishi and Hush - Kukla Fran and Ollie - Labelle - Last Ones - Led Zeppelin (live!) - famed Aussie Communicator Lee Hopkins - Lena Horne - Linda Ronstadt - Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty - Los Shakers - Los Vidrios Quebrados - Magic Mose and his Royal Rockers - Mama Cass Elliot - Minor Threat - Nine Inch Nails - Paisley Jungle - Percy Sledge - Phil Ochs - Pink Floyd - Poison The Well - Ray Stevens (new straight r&b!) - Roger McGuinn - Roger Miller - Sharks and Me - Shelby Lynne (from her soon-to-be-released cd of Dusty Springfield songs) - Shout Out Louds - Steve Martin - The Go! Team - The Green Mist - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - The Lovin' Spoonful - The Mamas and The Papas - The Roadrunners - The Surf Knights - The Who - Thomas A. Edison - Three Dog Night - Tom Waits - T. Rex - the Warner Brothers Orchestra - William Jennings Bryan - and President Woodrow Wilson. If you want variety, OlioRadio is the spot!
Hope that 2008 is the best year ev-ah for you and yours. Thanks for listening!
Love and Peace, Clarence

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