19 September 2009

Live from Daryl's House

Episode 22 of Live from Daryl's House with Smokey Robinson. Great talk, killer music with quality sound--especially through the headphones--no commercials, and absolutely free. Ooo, Baby, Baby is tacked onto the end of Sara Smile and is not listed.

I have been following Live from Daryl's House for a long time, the 15th of every month. The podcast is really a trailer. You can download the complete shows directly from the site. The primary advantage of downloading is that you can more easily skip through Daryl's monologues. I generally just stream it on the computer though.

As I said before, the sound is great, at least to the extent that my old ears, burned out by so much rock n' roll, can still judge it. I just put the earphones on and crank it. I no longer need to waste time trying to persuade somebody else to listen. Ray Manzerak and Robbie Kreiger of "The Doors," Chuck Prophet, Nick Lowe, Kevin Bacon and his brother, Todd Rundgren most recently, and occasionally John Oates.

In this episode, blessedly, Daryl Hall does less talking and Smokey Robinson does the most--charming reminiscences. This is an extraordinary episode as a result.

"Chromeo," Arab and Jew

Eric Hutchinson

That which I truly enjoy are the episodes in which Daryl Hall brings in young, lesser known artists as guests. Episodes 10 ("Chromeo" from Brooklyn) and 12 (Eric Hutchinson, originally from D.C. now New York City) are my favorites in that regard. Although "Company of Thieves" from Chicago are very good (Episode 15) and so is KT Tunstall in Episode 5. She is Scottish, and she is killer.

"Finger Eleven" busking for change

“Finger Eleven” from Toronto won me over entirely after I listened to them talk. Their Paralyzer is an original rocker. And, oh my goodness, I neglected to mention Mutlu from Philadelphia in Episode 7. Mutlu was a revelation. I purchased his disk from iTunes and listened to it damned near all the way to México.


Let me just concede that my favorite episode is the one that I watched most recently, usually for this reason. Daryl Hall and the band, which tours with “Hall & Oates," are understandably sick of playing “Hall & Oates” tunes. They delight in learning these kids' tunes.

Conversely, and the truly, obviously, and completely delightful deal for them, is when these young people bring in their own covers of “Hall & Oates” tunes and bend those songs into something entirely—and I do mean entirely—different. Witness Kevin Rudolph from New York City in Episode 14 doing She's Gone. To see what I mean about the band and Daryl's delight, you would then have to watch the intro to the following song.

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