Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Studio Renovations

The new owner of WAPJ will begin doing renovations to the studio starting on Friday at 6 pm. Consequently, there will be no local broadcasts including our show over the next few weeks. The station will broadcast holiday music and will also provide live coverage of Torrington High School boys and girls basketball home games. While we are disappointed that we won't be able to do the show, we are however very excited about the upcoming improvements to the studio. Have a happy and safe holiday season and a Happy New Year!

-Vin and Paul

Playlist: December 13, 2011

    1.     (Intro) “Crazy”/Gnarls Barkley/St. Elsewhere       
    2.    “Greensleeves”/John Coltrane/The Complete Africa
    3.     “Ave Maria”/Stevie Wonder/Someday at Christmas
    4.     “Run, Rudolph, Run”/Keith Richards/Single
    5.     “Father Christmas”/The Kinks/Misfits
    6.     “Merry Christmas from the Family”/Robert Earl Keen/The Party Never Ends
    7.     “Happy Xmas (War is Over)/John & Yoko/The Plastic Ono Band/Single
    8.     “Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis”/Tom Waits/Blue Valentine
    9.     “Lonely Christmas Call”/George Jones/Bummed Out Christmas
   10. “Merry Christmas Baby”/Bruce Springsteen/A Very Special Christmas
   11. “Someday at Christmas”/Stevie Wonder/Someday at Christmas
   12. “Fairytale of New York”/The Pogues/If I Should Fall from Grace with God
   13. “Jingle Bell Rock”/The Brian Setzer Orchestra/Dig That Crazy Christmas

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Friday, December 9, 2011

More on James Booker

I forgot to mention ..Harry Connick Jr., a student and close friend of Booker, is probably his most renowned disciple. I wouldn't have guessed that connection.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ray Charles

I want to thank Vinny for doing something unique on last night's show although he got the idea from Ol' Dave Massota. Vinny played some great Ray Charles music and then followed it up with some artists that were influenced by Ray. He played songs from artists James Booker, Henry Butler and Van Morrison. I had never heard of Booker and Butler before but I greatly enjoyed their songs that Vinny played.

Playlist: December 6, 2011

  1.     (Intro) “Crazy”/Gnarls Barkley/St. Elsewhere
      2.     “Baby, You’re a Rich Man”/The Beatles/Magical Mystery Tour
      3.     “The Only Living Boy in New York”/Simon and Farfunkel/Bridge Over Troubled Water
      4.     “Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than Me)”/Ray Charles/Ray!
      5.     “Let the Good Times Roll”/Ray Charles/The Genius of Ray Charles
      6.     “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”/Bobby Womack/The Poet
      7.     “When Will I Be Loved?”/Linda Ronstadt/Heart Like a Wheel
      8.     “Feel So Bad”/James Booker/The Lost Paramount Tapes
      9.     “African Gumbo”/James Booker/The Lost Paramount Tapes
     10.   “Sour Girl”/Stone Temple Pilots/Thank You
     11.    “Dancing Days”/Led Zeppelin/Houses of the Holy
     12.    “Jump to the Music”/Henry Butler/Homeland
     13.    “I Believe in my Soul”/Van Morrison/It’s Too Late to Stop Now
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Playlist: November 29, 2011

  1.      (Intro) “Crazy”/Gnarls Barkley/St. Elsewhere
      2.     “I’m Movin’ On”/Rosanne Cash/The List
      3.     “Hallejulah”/Martin Sexton/Wonder Bar
      4.     “We All Go Back to Where We Belong”/R.E.M./Single
      5.     “I’ll Be You”/The Replacements/Don’t Tell a Soul
      6.     “You Drive Me Crazy”/Greg Brown/Dream CafĂ©
      7.     “Chuck E.’s in Love”/Rickie Lee Jones/Rickie Lee Jones
      8.      “Gotta Sing High” /Kenny White/Comfort in the Static
      9.     “Canary in a Coal Mine”/The Police/Zenyatta Mondatta
     10.  “Another Nail in My Heart”/Squeeze/Argybargy

     Sorry, due to technical problems, there is no podcast of this show.
     We hope to have the problem fixed for Tuesday's show.  

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Playlist: November 22, 2011

1.   1.       (Intro) “Crazy”/Gnarls Barkley/St. Elsewhere
       2.      “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”/Sly & the Family Stone/Greatest Hits
       3.      “100 Yard Dash”/Raphael Saadiq/The Way I See it (Bonus Track Version)
       4.      “Where Do You Go?”/Marcia Ball/Peace, Love & BBQ
       5.      “Imagine”/Merl Saunders/Fire Up+
       6.      “The Day I Tried to Live”/Soundgarden/Superunknown
       7.      “Gypsy Queen”/Van Morrison/His Band & Street Choir
       8.      “Good Morning Coffee”/Greg Brown/In the Dark with You
       9.      “One Way or Another”/Blondie/Parallel Lines
      10.   “Teacher Teacher”/Rockpile/Seconds of Pleasure
      11.   “Stay on the Ride”/Patty Griffin/Children Running Through
      Sorry no podcast

Friday, November 18, 2011

Playlist: November 15, 2011

             1.    “Encore”/Trombone Shorty/Encore
             2.    “And You Know It”/Tower of Power/Soul with a Capital “S”
             3.    "More Than I Can Stand"/Robert Cray/Strong Persuader
             4.    “Powerful Stuff”/The Fabulous Thunderbirds/Powerful Stuff
             5.    “Sharon”/David Bromberg/Demon in Disguise
             6.    “I’m So Tired”/The Beatles/The Beatles 
             7.    “Under Pressure”/Queen & David Bowie/Hot Space
             8.    “Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday”/Warren Haynes/Man In Motion
            9.    “It’s Over”/Boz Scaggs/Silk Degrees
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Playlist: November 8, 2011

          1.      “I Can’t Take It No More”/Superheavy/Superheavy
2.      “It Will Be Right”/Donna the Buffalo/Rockin’ in the Weary Land
3.     “Street Fighting Man”/The Rolling Stones/Beggars Banquet
4.     “Born on the U.S.A.”/Bruce Springsteen/Born in the U.S.A.
5.      “Medley: Stay/Let’s Hang On/Opus 17[Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me/Bye, Bye, Baby]”/Jersey Boys (2005 Original Broadway Cast Recording)/Soundtrack
6.     “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”/Seal/Soul
7.     “Nearly Lost You”/Screaming Trees/Sweet Oblivion
8.     “Call Me Rose”/Bruce Cockburn/Small Source of Comfort
9.     “Something About What Happens When We Talk”/Lucinda Williams/Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
10.   “Violet”/Hole/Live Through This

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Playlist: November 1, 2011

1.    “ Refugee”/Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers/Damn the Torpedoes
2.    “Werewolves of London”/Warren Zevon/Excitable Boy
3.    “All Along the Watchtower”/Bob Dylan/John Wesley Harding
4.    “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go”/Bob Dylan/Blood on the Tracks
5.     “Catch a Wave”/The Beach Boys/Surfer Girl
6.    “Everyday People”/Sly & the Family Stone/Stand!
7.    “Out in the Street (Live at Madison Square Garden)”/Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band/Live in New York City
8.    “Devil’s Haircut”/Beck/ Odelay
9.    “Bullet with Butterfly Wings”/The Smashing Pumpkins/Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
10. “Loving People”/John Lee Hooker/Face to Face

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Playlist: October 25, 2011

    Special Guest Co-Host: Murray Williams
1.      (Intro) “Crazy”/Gnarls Barkley/St. Elsewhere
2.      “Let’s Get It Started”/The Black Eyed Peas/Elephunk
3.      “Nothing Else Matters”/Metallica/Metallica
4.      “Confessions”/Usher/Confessions
5.      “Short People”/Randy Newman/Little Criminals
6.      “Little Wing”/Jimi Hendrix/Axis: Bold As Love
7.      “Poker Face”/Lady Gaga/The Fame
8.      “No Ordinary Love”/Sade/Love Deluxe
9.      “Until the End of Time”/2Pac/Until the End of Time
10.   “The Light”/Common/Like Water for Chocolate
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Playlist: October 18, 2011

    1.     “She Sells Sanctuary”/The Cult/Love
        2.      “Lay It Down”/Ratt/Invasion of Your Privacy
        3.      “Turn This Thing Around”/Dumpstaphunk/Listen Here
        4.      “Shrimp And Grits (Interlude)/Tedeschi Trucks Band/Revelator
        5.      “Heart Shaped Box”/Nirvana/In Utero
        6.      “Dissident”/Pearl Jam/Vs.
        7.      “Modest Proposal/Mose Allison/The Way of The World
        8.      “When This War is Over”/Nadirah Shakoor/Nod to the Storyteller
        9.      “Sex On Fire”/Kings of Leon/Only by the Night
       10.      “Blue Orchid”/The White Stripes/Get Behind Me Satan
       11.      “Them Changes”/Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood/Live from Madison Square  Garden 
       12.       “Lucille”/Crescent City Allstars

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Playlist: October 11, 2011

Guest: Mark Hart
1.     (Intro) “Crazy”/Gnarls Barkley/St. Elsewhere
2.     “If I Should Fall Behind”/Bruce Springsteen &
 the E Street Band/Live in New York City
     3.     “If I Ain’t Got You”/Alicia Keys/The Diary of Alicia Keys
4.     “Ordinary People”/John Legend/Get Lifted
5.     “In My Life”/The Beatles/Rubber Soul
6.     “I Will Be There”/Van Morrison/Saint Dominic’s Preview
7.     “Right Place Wrong Time”/Dr. John/In the Right Place
8.     “Down to the Nightclub”/Tower of Power/Bump City
9.     “Illegal Smile”/John Prine/John Prine
10.  “In Spite of Ourselves”/John Prine/In Spite of Ourselves
11.  “Real Wild Child (Wild One)”/Iggy Pop/Blah-Blah-Blah

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Vinny and I would like to thank Murray Williams for appearing on our show on Tuesday to talk about the baseball playoffs and the upcoming basketball season. He was a great guest, and we always have a great time when he comes on. He is a Friend of the Show. We will have him on again in the future to talk about the NFL playoffs and March Madness.

We would also like to apologize for the technical problem (Vinny's microphone went out near the end of the show). Next week we will return to play some music. If there is song you would like to hear or have a suggestion, please let us know.

Playlist: October 4, 2011

   Special Guest: Murray Williams
1       1.    “Go to Hell”/Raphael Saadiq/Stone Rollin'
         2.   “Let’s Stay Together”/Al Green/Let’s Stay Together
         3.   “Refuge (When It’s Cold Outside)"/John Legend/Get Lifted
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Monday, October 3, 2011

Tom Waits

Last week I played "Better Off Without a Wife" by Tom Waits. As Vinny mentioned, his album, Nighthawks at the Diner, is one of his most accessible and entertaining works. I found a fairly decent You Tube clip of him performing the song live: clip

I also found a clip when he appeared on the 1970's television show, "Fernwood Tonight" with Martin Mull and Fred Willard. After the song, his interview is very funny. Hope you enjoy this clip too.

Fernowood Tonight" was a pretty funny, quirky show. It reminds me of our radio shoe!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Word I was looking for

I think the song they play when the bride comes down the aisle may be called processional or wedding march. I failed to say that Phoebe Snow's daughter Valerie died after living a much longer life than predicted. Her daughter passed at 31 in 2007. This is why Phoebe was able to resume touring. Glad we got to see her before her passing in
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Tom Waits

Loved the Tom Waits's song. Both Paul and I get him. I think you will be hearing more. He is a gifted songwriter. Many of his songs covered by other musicians like the Eagles and Springsteen. Sometimes Paul and I are on the same page.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Next show

On our next show, October 4, we will have Murray Williams, former Torrington High School basketball and University of Connecticut basketball standout, in the studio to talk about the baseball playoffs and the upcoming college basketball season. If you have a question for Murray, please let us know.

Playlist: September 27, 2011

1.      (Intro) “Crazy”/Gnarls Barkley/St. Elsewhere
2.      “Purple Haze”/The Jimi Hendrix Experience/Are You Experienced?
3.      “Freedom”/Jimi Hendrix/The Cry of Love
4.      “Worry, Worry”/B.B. King/Live in Cook County Jail
5.      “Better Without a Wife”/Tom Waits/Nighthawks at the Diner
6.      “Excitable Boy”/Warren Zevon/Excitable Boy
7.      “Tired of My Tears”/Susan Tedeschi/Hope and Desire
8.      “Shakey Ground”/Phoebe Snow/Live
9.      “Open Letter (To a Landlord)/Living Colour/Vivid
10.  “Don’t Change Horses (In the Middle of a Stream)”/Tower of Power/Back to Oakland
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Miles 4 MOE Foundation

Vinny and I were fortunate to participate last Saturday in the Second Annual Miles For Moe Walk and Bike Ride Day. Emil "Moe" Renzullo was born with Down's Syndrome and other medical problems which required numerous surgeries. Moe loved his time at the summer camp formerly called Camp LARC. Unfortunately he passed away at the age of 12 in April of 2010 after being diagnosed with leukemia. Everyone who met Moe was touched by his spirit and determination. Camp LARC was renamed Camp MOE in his honor. The foundation was started so that families with special needs children who could not afford to send their child to the camp could do so. The foundation also helps families who have a child diagnosed with cancer. Although I am not a parent, I can't imagine the despair that a parent would suffer if they could not afford to send their child to summer camp. For the child it would be just as worse. This foundation makes sure that this doesn't happen. There was a great turnout despite the unsettled weather. This is a great charity. Here is the website to find out more and hopefully make a donation. Miles 4 Moe Foundation

Thursday, September 22, 2011


I failed to mention that Jeff Beck was playing guitar on the first Trombone Shorty tune 'Do to Me'. Shorty has opened for Jeff Beck quite a bit in Europe.

Last week I played a couple songs by Kermit Ruffins. I identfied him as a trombone player. He is a trumpet player following the tradition of the great Satchmo.

I enjoyed Paul's pick of Graham Parsons's tunes. Our picks were pretty compatible last week.

Thanks to Peter for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Playlist: September 20, 2011

     Guest: Peter Uram
1.      (Intro) “Crazy”/Gnarls Barkley/St. Elsewhere
2.      “Do to Me”/Trombone Shorty/For True
3.      “Then There Was You”/Trombone Shorty/For True
4.      “Ignoreland”/R.E.M./Automatic for the People
5.      “Hey Josie”/The Hipwaders/The Golden State
6.      “Beyond Herein Lies Nothin’”/Bob Dylan/Together Through Life
7.      “Man’s Temptation”/Bloomfield/Kooper/Stills/Super Session
8.      “Stay With Me”/The Faces/A Nod Is as Good as a Wink…to a Blind Horse
9.      “Ooh La La”/The Faces/Ooh La La
10.  “Please Stay”/Anthony Hamilton/The Point of It All
11.  “Love Hurts”/Gram Parsons (with Emmylou Harris)/Grievous Angel
12.  “Try and Love Again”/The Eagles/Hotel California
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