The Playlist is changing. Mutating. Still resembles Bonnie Jean’s blueprint for the program, but week after week, the process of replication has been imperfect, allowing irregularities to enter the mix. Vince Guaraldi. Jerry Garcia. Digable Planets. “Baby That’s Backatcha.” You get the picture. Just what The Playlist will have become when the KUSP management arrests the process of mutation, hard to say. Shortly, a new program will take the place of The Playlist. In the meantime, the mutant is still here for all to enjoy. So enjoy.
Tonight (midnight December 12 and the early morning hours of Thursday December 13), for example, you may enjoy new records by Bat For Lashes, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Los Straitjackets, David Byrne & St. Vincent and Gregory Porter; older records by The Decemberists, Nicholas Payton with Esperanza Spalding, Fleet Foxes and Nick Drake. Check out some videos of these performances below.
Once again, we dip into Karriem Riggins’s hip-hop mosaics, from his new album, Alone Together. Karriem has played the drums with a bunch of mainstream jazz greats, including Betty Carter and Oscar Peterson. But he’s a Jekyl-and-Hyde guy: Karriem’s label, Stones Throw Records, lets you listen to a mixtape of his many hip-hop productions, including work by Common, Slum Village, Black Thought and Erykah Badu. The link is here.
This evening’s featured poem is “Lines For Winter,” by Mark Strand (from which this blog entry’s title is taken). A few years ago, in another job on another continent, I wanted to use a few lines of another Mark Strand poem in an economic report that I was writing. Our copy editor pointed out that we would need permission. I was pessimistic — Mark is as close to a rock star as you get among contemporary poets — but we wrote to Mark and he just gave us the green light, no hassles. As such, his poetry is there, alongside Antonio Machado’s “Caminante, no hay camino.”