Max RoachPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
August 23, 2007Hosted by Greg Lyon on Thursdays at 2-4 pm
on WPVM Asheville (103.5 FM and

This show is available for listening as an archive for one week after its airing at WPVM’s Archive Page (click on the STREAM button for this show–under the letter ‘G’)


— Max Roach passed a week ago, but I still felt like I needed to play his music, so I quickly chose some of my favorites that were close at hand. Two of my favorites are his duet records with Anthony Braxton and Cecil Taylor. I played a track from the former because it was not a side-long affair. Percussion Bitter Sweet has Eric Dolphy; Survivors is a great solo record; and Members, Don’t Git Weary simply has some great songs. I threw the Watts Prophets piece in there, not because Max Roach had anything to do with them (I’m not even sure he would have entirely dug their message), but I had been meaning to play the Prophets for several weeks, and that just seemed like the place to do it. I didn’t play my favorite record with Roach playing, Money Jungle with Duke Ellington and Charles Mingues, because I figure it’s been played a lot this week. I haven’t done it yet, but I intend to listen to the archive of Jonathan’s always-fantastic WPVM show, Tenor to Tabla, as he did a substantial Roach tribute last night. Check his archive out in the same place as mine. RIP Max! The man was one serious badass of a drummer. And such a fine dresser (just check the photo).

— Lots of Latin music in the second set, all of it new to WPVM, although all of it old to the world at large.

— Briefly, on the new rock stuff: The new Kinski reminds me that I almost always enjoy their records. Prinzhorn Dance Project sounds a lot like Young Marble Giants and the Fall, and their production is fine, so you know I dug it. Speaking of production, Nina Nastasia and Jim White get that Breeders production out of Steve Albini, and that’s a good thing.


* = Heavy Rotation at WPVM
+ = New but not (yet) at WPVM
(c) = compilation

Background Music: Max Roach – Members, Don’t Git Weary

Max Roach & Anthony Braxton – Spirit Possession – Birth and Rebirth (Black Saint)
Max Roach – Garvey’s Ghost – Percussion Bitter Sweet (Impulse)
The Watts Prophets – Pain – Things Gonna Get Greater (1969-1971) (Water Records)
Max Roach – Abstrusions – Members, Don’t Git Weary (Atlantic)
Max Roach – Billy the Kid – Survivors (Soul Note)
* Odd Nosdam – We Dead – Level Live Wires (Anticon)
* The Timeless Pulse Quintet – Shapes – s/t (Mutable Music)
* Yma Sumac – Goomba Boomba – Recital (ESP-Disk)
* (c) Pedro Infante – Cien Años – Mexican Boleros (Trikont)
* Los Zafiros – Conga Leri – Music from the Edge of Time OST (Hep Cat)
* Kinski – Passwords & Alcohol – Down Below It’s Chaos (Sub Pop)
Controller.Controller – Sleep Over It – History (Paper Bag)
* Prinzhorn Dance School – Hamworthy Sports and Leisure Centre – s/t (DFA)
* Pumice – Brown Brown Brown – Pebbles (Soft Abuse)
Antifamily – Law of the Plainsmen – s/t (Difficult Fun)
The Reeks & the Wrecks – Blue Ballroom – Knife Hits (tUMULt)
Bill Fox – Saga of Bus Station Joe & Rag Luck Addie – Transit Byzantium (spinART)
* Marissa Nadler – Diamond Heart – Song III: Bird on the Water (Peacefrog/Kemado)
* Nina Nastasia & Jim White – I’ve Been Out Walking – You Follow Me (Fat Cat)
Jessie Mae Hemphill – She-Wolf – She-Wolf (HMG/HighTone Records)
* No Age – My Life’s Alright Without You – Weirdo Rippers (Fat Cat)
(c) The Jumpers – You’ll Know Better (When I’m Gone) – This Is It! Greater Buffalo’s Greatest 1977-1984 (Musicians-United)
* Foreign Born – Into Your Dream – On the Wing Now (Dim Mak)
* Turbo Fruits – 20th I was Blue – s/t (Ecstatic Peace!)

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