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New and Used Music

This week on the Sweet and Sour Variety Hour, tons of music inspiration from “somebody who I used to know”, and an episode of The Real News Network.

Here is the file, airing live on Wednesday April 10th 2019 to over 40 coastal communities on CHLY 101.7FM

Tracks:

The Cardigans – Lovefool
Metric – Wet Blanket
Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – Gold Lion
The Walkmen – We’ve Been Had
Radiohead – 15 Step
Muse- Supremacy
Christine and the Queens – Tilted
The Avalanches – If I was a Folkstar
Camera Obscura – French Navy
Best Coast – Our Deal
Fleetwood Mac- The Ledge
Sister Nancy – Bam Bam
Owiny Sigoma Band – Deep Kisumu Fish
The Real News: EU Clamps Down on Freedom of Speech in name of Copyright Protection. Julia Reda of the Pirate Party warns that the law does not protect creators, but large interest groups. Internet platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter will install filters and ban access to material individuals upload who do not buy the rights for everything they use.
Brenton Wood – Oogum Boogum Song M

Half Jack Stauber, Half Real News Network

This week on The Sweet and Sour Variety Hour, a selection of Jack Stauber tracks from across 4 of his albums. The second half of the show are two segments from The Real News.

Here is the file to air on Wednesday April 3rd, 2019 on CHLY 101.7fm broadcasting to 40 coastal communities around the Salish Sea.

Track list

Jack Stauber – Dead Weight

Jack Stauber – Buttercup

Jack Stauber – Gettin’ My Mom On

Jack Stauber – Small World

Jack Stauber – Pad Thai

Jack Stauber – Two Time

Jack Stauber – Beird

Jack Stauber – Fighter

The Real News Network –How Big Tech Helped Big Oil Automate the Climate Crisis

Maxcence Syrin – Where Is My Mind?

The RealNews Network – The Anti-Democrac Roots of NATO


Another Half and Halfer

Starting off The Sweet and Sour Variety Hour this week is a half an hour of soft spoken cover songs and crooning sounds. Then we hear a bit of a conversation with Gabor Mate, then on to 2 stories from The Real News Network.

Here is the file. Airing 8am PST on Wednesday March 27th, 2019

Trackzz

Yo La Tengo – Im so Lonesome I Could Cry

Air, Gordon Tracks – Playground Love

Nouvelle Vouge – I Wanna Be Sedated

Seu Jorge – Rock With You

Yo La Tengo – You Can Have It All

Wings – Let Em In

The Durutti Column – Otis

Jehst – Bluebells

Gabor Mate on Russell Brand’s “Under the Skin”

The Real News Network: Monsanto

The Real News Network : Insect Populations

First Ostera

It is Ostera, the spring equinox, and a full moon. Everything is at its most balanced point, such as the length of night and day.

I’m not really that into astrology, but I read online somewhere that right now there are three different planets in our solar system positioned at some 0°, indicating a sort of perfect balance? If that means anything, it does make sense to me that it would be a good time to reset. To start over, and begin again with a new score card. Everything back to zero. Spring equinox is the true new year anyway, and has been for longer than any Gregorian calendar. How fortunate that this exact moment this year we are endowed all night with the very closest, fullest, most ocean-moving moon activity. Our bodies are mostly made if water, so the moon must inform us somehow, right? Every day the sea ebbs and flows great distances, sloshing in and out of bays, estuaries, and inlets. All because of our moon!

If you’re a tiny bit superstitious like me, perhaps you’d like to place a glass bowl of clean water in the moonlight and make a wish for the water to take on whatever affect. It can be drunk, poured in a bath, or dabbed on your body as a ritual connection to the sentiment of this reset time.

Tonight I packed some pillows and blankets, along with some ceremonial items and took myself and baby June Moon to the shore of the Salish Sea. It was an unforgettable time. Her and I warm, snuggled so comfortably under the shining orb.

After she fell asleep at my breast, I poured tea, and did a tarot card reading on myself. Thankfully I was met with concepts in line with my understanding of how things are right now and how they ought to be. No mystery because tonight there is full illumination. The cards immediately give me a focus of meditation. To force my reflection upon that which has not yet been reflected on, applied in a specific context. Herein lies the merit of this ancient practice.

So there we are in the bright blue moonlight surrounded by sound on all sides. From everywhere, the sound of the shore sucking salty water down through its earthly maw. There is a chorus of frogs beyond the arbutus trees, who somehow crescendo and cease on cue. How do they know when to fall silent? Abrupt quiet somehow interrupts my train of thought. These frogs must know something I don’t.

Smoke wafts from the long candle flames, and steam rolls from my teacup, at home among a rising mist.
I could sleep on this beach.