Commentator John Moe is 37 years old, so he's never known a time when A Charlie Brown Christmas wasn't on television. But when he went to show it to his son for the first time, 5-year-old Charlie just thought it was strange, but he did have some great questions.
Check out A Charlie Brown Christmas' and a New Generation.
Be safe and be smart!
Happy New Year Y'all
This aired on NPR's All Things Considered, December 19, 2005
Saturday, December 31, 2005
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Please give a warm welcome to The Vernons Girls singing their heartfelt, soon to be forgotten We Love The Beatles! From The Sixties Explosion, a compilation of 8 ball sixties tracks.
And prepare yourself for I Wanna Hold Your Hand by the amazing Enoch Light and His Orchestra!
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!
Posted by HMK at 7:56 AM
Monday, December 26, 2005
I don't know about y'all, but this whole iPod/iTunes phenomenon thing is taking me back to the days when I first truly started to get into music. Besides the fact that it's now possible to locate, retrieve and play anything from my collection by simply typing in a few key words (providing that everything is tagged from the get-go!) and the awesomely simple but genius shuffle option, the magic button that turns my mountain of all things audio into a personal "This Is Your Life" jukebox, the iPod is taking me back to the days when I would listen to an album, start to finish, with headphones on, escape and truly experience the concept of stereophonic hi-fi listening.
Albums like Queen' A Night At The Opera, Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon, Beach Boys' Pet Sounds and obviously any Beatles album, starting with Rubber Soul, come to mind as what I call headphone albums. Everyone's both heard and heard of these albums but sadly, few people have ever really listened to them.
If your version of Magical Mystery Tour is a downloaded copy from Kazaa and you've only listened to it via your computer speakers at work, please, don't tell me you're a huge fan of the fab four. Not only are you missing the experience and soul of what I'm talking about, (not to mention stealing music!) you've never really "heard" the Beatles at all. Granted, when the Beatles we're still together and the first time most of us heard their music is was either via a crappy radio or a sub-par turntable, which worked for me - I rather hear a any Beatles song over a mono transistor than most of the kaka that's coming out today, but there is so much going on with George Martin's production and the genius of the boys themselves that it's possible to hear something you've missed or never heard before every time you throw on a Beatles album!
Getting back into to headphone listening has turned my library of stuff into a whole new world of music. A world of left and right panning, nuance and subtlety that's both lost and ignored in today's world of free crappy downloads, computer speakers and quantity over quality. As much as I dig a mono surf song coming out of a single speaker while sitting on the beach drinking a cold one, that same song, in all it's high fidelity glory on some sweet home speakers or headphones transports me to another world. They're both music to my ears.
Anyway, here's the forth and fifth Beatles Christmas recordings I promised. Do yourself a favor and check these out with some decent headphones or speakers. No talking! Just listen to them all the way through and appreciate them for what they are, gifts to their fans (albeit some what obligatory) and you're sure to get a deeper insight and understanding of the fact that sure, the Beatles were f-ing genius, but damn, they were some trippy, interesting and wicked funny dudes!
If you've never heard these before (Lucky!) you're in for a real treat. Both of these are like a Beatles Goon Show meets Monty Python. And they only get better each passing year and a drink or two...
Relax, experience and enjoy!
First, make yourself comfortable and enjoy the genius of The Beatles Fourth Christmas Record Pantomime: Everywhere It's Christmas. Recorded: November 25, 1966. Released: December 16, 1966 (Lyntone LYN 1145)
Next is The Beatles Fifth Christmas Record Christmas Time Is Here Again! Recorded: November 28, 1967. Released: December 15, 1967 (Lyntone LYN 1360)
The last two'll be up soon, go put your headphones back on and listen to Pantomime again!
O-U-T spells out,
Posted by HMK at 6:59 AM
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Ok ya'll, here's some more trippy fun stuff, as promised, from John, Paul, George and Ringo. Starting in 1963, the Beatles began recording and releasing special 6-7 minute Christmas 7 inch flexidisc singles, (these look like singles, only they're thinner and made of plastic).
These are the second and third in a series of Beatles Christmas recordings made exclusively for the members of their official fan club. I'm sure these will all be release in some official capacity at some point, but for now, these records are pretty rare and difficult to get hold of.
First, I know you'll dig Another Beatles Christmas Record Recorded on October 26, 1964, and relased December 18, 1964 (Lyntone LYN 757).
Next is The Beatles Third Christmas Recorded on November 8, 1965 and released December 17, 1965 (Lyntone LYN 948.
And, if you're good, I'll have the other four of the seven up soon. Now, back to my Christmas coffee.
Posted by HMK at 8:15 AM
Saturday, December 24, 2005
No matter how you say it, and wherever you're from, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Any feedback regarding whether or not y'all want me to continue this next year or not is greatly appreciated. A quick and simple Yup or Nope in the comments section is all it takes!
Enjoy! Kahuna Christmas Twenty Five. Our most recent find and latest favorite Christmas tune is from the Roy Meyer Swingers: It's The Holiday Season. And finally, Monsueir Maurice Chevalier,along with everybody at our house, wishes you a Joyeaux Noel with his superb version Jolly Old St. Nicholas!
Posted by HMK at 9:28 AM
Christmas Eve in San Antonio.
Today: Sunny, with a high around 74. North northwest winds between 15 and 20 mph. Tonight: Clear, with a low around 41. Northwest winds between 5 and 10 mph.
Ah, Christmas in South Texas. Tonight will be perfect for a fire and a nice quiet evening at home. I've been a little under the weather and have yet to go shopping. But, as they say, if it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would ever get done, right?
I'll have some Beatles goodies for your stockings tomorrow... Until then, here's Kahuna Christmas Twenty Four, plus a few more to get you into the True Spririt of the Season. The Living Trio with Christmas Medley #9. And the Roy Meyer Swingers', along with everybody at our house, want to Wish You A Merry Christmas!
Posted by HMK at 8:21 AM
Friday, December 23, 2005
Wow. Another Friday is upon us and Christmas Day is only two days away. I really need to get shopping! Here's a twangy number you might not have yet. Crank this up while you sip your toddy looking for a parking space at The Mall: Kahuna Christmas Twenty Three
These next two tracks are from two of my four Christmas albums I've got by The Three Suns. Carol Of The Birds sounds like audio straight outta Harry Potter's Goblet of Fire, while their version of Winter Wonderland reminds me that by the time Santa gets all the way down to Texas, he's gonna want a beer and a tamale, hold the milk and cookies!
And speaking of Mr. Potter... he's another request for Miss Brette Moss Grieder. I'll have that song up shortly so check back.
Posted by HMK at 12:09 AM
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Here's hoping everyone made it home safely from last nights Christmas parties and please, pay attention and be safe tonight! Ok, dad's left the room -
Here's a couple more fresh ones for your official hoiday mix, starting off with Kahuna Christmas Song Seventeen. Our second offering on this chilly Saturday morning is a trippy English version of The Sleigh, an old traditional Russian Christmas song. And dude, on your way back from Russia, why not do yourself a favor and drop by Amsterdam, chill out with some fresh coffee and enjoy an Amstel Sleigh Ride!
Posted by HMK at 8:27 AM
Friday, December 16, 2005
Dude, I can't believe this kid is hitting on a girl while he's in line to see Santa...
Anyway. Congratulation, you've made it through another crazy busy work week. Here's Kahuna Christmas Song Sixteen. Just a little reminder of the different kinds of Christmas. I also want to share an answer to the question What Is A Santa Claus? And finally, for all those pondering the new year and all it's possibilities, here's one of my favorites that works any time of the year. It truly wouldn't be Christmas at our house without this timeless optomistic little ditty by Mr. Mickey Rooney: Put One Foot In Front Of The Other.
Be Safe and Be Nice - It's Christmas!
Posted by HMK at 7:14 AM
Thursday, December 15, 2005
As promised, here's the first in a series of Beatles Christmas records made exclusively for the members of their official fan club. Starting in 1963, the Beatles began recording and releasing special 6-7 minute Christmas 7 inch flexidisc singles, (these look like singles, only they're thinner and made of plastic). I'm sure these will all be release in some official capacity at some point, but for now, these records are pretty rare and difficult to get hold of.
Take me back to 1963!
Recorded: October 17, 1963.
Release Date: December 6, 1963 (Lyntone LYN 492)
Posted by HMK at 7:21 AM
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Welcome to Day 14! Todays Kahuna Christmas song was chosen with Brettie, our 11 year old resident Harry Potter fanatic in mind: Song Number Fourteen
Today's second track has a special intro message for my homeboy amigo Carlos Z: Hey, Que Pasa? And finally, this one makes a sweet little segue or into to any Christmas Mix: Bells
Only 11 more days!
Be safe and be nice,
Posted by HMK at 8:35 AM
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Monday, December 12, 2005
It's been 20 years since we had any real snow down here in San Antonio. This shot is from 1985. My buddy Mike Goos and I had just returned from skiing in Ruidoso, New Mexico and we got snowed-in at his folks place out by Natural Bridge Caverns. We spent the better part of that day skiing down the hill on 3009 which was closed for two days. This song always reminds me of Skiing in Texas. Song Number Twelve
Posted by HMK at 7:32 AM
Sunday, December 11, 2005
And here's a couple of little bonus tracks for all you Beatle freaks, I'm bettin' you don't have these yet... Here's The Rubberband with Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, and from her Wild Christmas album, Mae West, From Mae To You.
I've got some killer true blue rare Beatles stuff coming up, so check back near the end of the week.
Posted by HMK at 8:09 AM
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Friday, December 09, 2005
In no particular order, here are my Top 5+ Songs of 2005. This might change as the year ain't quite over yet...
Buttercup: Cutting Dasies from the debut Buttercup lp.
Toby Keith: Good As I Once Was from his pretty decent Honky Tonk U release.
Portastatic: I Wanna Know Girls from Bright Ideas (Mac also released an acoustic version of the official release - Ideas for Bright Ideas. This is the awesome acoustic version.)
The Magic Numbers: Love Is A Game from their cool premier self titled The Magic Numbers album.
Plan To Stay Awake: Deathray Davies from The Kick And The Snare. Go Buy This Now!
Steve Earl: The Revolution Starts Now off of the self titled album.
Now I'm A Stick Figure: John Dufilho fom his first official solo album. Get It Here!
I Love Math: Shape Of The Sum from the yet to be named forthcoming release...
Sir Paul McCartney Jenny Wren, a Rocky Racoon for the new millenium from the amazing Chaos and Creation in the Backyard lp. 25 years ago yesterday, we lost John Lennon. Imagine what a John Lennon album might sound like in 2005. Fucking idiots with guns.
Tiki Bongo: Let's Go Back (2 The Tiki Room) from the hardly antcipated forthcoming Nearest Faraway Place... If you like this you might dig my first Tiki Bongo video: Uh Huh Oh Yeah!
Then again, you might not. Anyway...
Happy Friday everyone! Here's one of my most favorite Christmas tracks ever. This one is guaranteed to make even the Grinchiest, Scroogeiest Humbugger smile! I love the way it fades out at the end. It's the hands down, number one, fun Christmas song at our house. So from our house to yours, I present to you Kahuna Christmas Song Number Nine
Posted by HMK at 7:03 AM
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
This is a special track for many reasons and should be in everyone's Christmas mix. Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's death. One can't help but wonder how many more great songs John had in him had he been givin the chance to simply live his life.
Back in December of 1980 I was a waiter at a place called the Magic Time Machine (a theme restaurant where we wore costumes. I was Bam Bam). I'll never forget getting off of work that mild December night. We (Wayne Kitchen's, King Tut back then, now an attorney) and I were on our way over to a little bar to meet everyone else that worked that night for a drink. On the short drive over we had the radio on 99.5 KISS and they played 2 Beatles songs in a row. As we pulled into the parking lot we heard the sad news. We were shocked as we both just looked at each other in total disbelief.
It wasn't until that night that I realized that the Beatles were much more than just a great band. At the time, I was 19, Wayne was about 26 and John Lennon was 40. Most of the wait staff from the Time Machine were a few years older than I. I remember spending the rest of the tear filled night listening to them talk about John and the Beatles. A few had seen them in concert and most everyone seemed to have some kind of connection with the band or a story that involved a Bealtles song that touched them in some special and positive way.
Now, so did I. Imagine that.
Listen very closely to the super quiet personal intro. I've had several request for this one and so here it is. I'll get back to the more unusual and obscure stuff in the next few days.
We miss you John!
Song Number Seven
Posted by HMK at 8:34 PM
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Monday, December 05, 2005
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Above: Mr. Jimmy Smith
Hey kids, it's on! The Casbah! Groove to the stream of my bud Sir Brian, AKA Dr. Suavetone, every Saturday Night from 7pm-9pm! Or, if you're lucky enough to actually be down in San Antonio, tune in via KYSM, 90.1 on your FM dial.
Brian's been threatening to post his last five or six years of shows as PodCasts, I'll let you all know as soon as that happens.(Podcasting's a little more involved than than it appears. Even when you've got great stuff like the Casbah archives, there are still a few tricky technical and financial hurdles before you're truly up and on.)
Here's a handful of stuff I gave Brian as potentials for tonights "Best of the Hammond" keyboard vibes Casbah. (Dig this 1967 piece by The Flower Child, the rocking Mini Skirt Blues!) Brian and I have been sharing music since the early 90's and the following is some of my favorite hammond stuff that you may or may not hear on the Casbah tonight, one way to find out for sure, check it out: KYSM
1) Bumpin' on Sunset: Auger
2) Party Mood: Armando Trovaioli
3) Titoli: Armando Travaioli
4) Fat Judy: 'Big' John Patton
5) Face To Face: "Baby Face" Willette
6) Work Song: Grant Green
7) All About My Girl: Jimmy McGriff
8) I'm Movin On: Jimmy Smith
9) The Silver Metre: John Patton
19) Brown Sugar: Roach Freddie
11) Mini Skirt Blues: The Flower Child
12) My Back Scratcher: The Boogaloo Investigators
13) Don't Touch My Popcorn: The Diplomats of Solid Sound
14) Strudel Girl: The Link Quartet
15) Kiko: Nick Rossi Set
16) You Got It: The Yards
17) Harris County Line Up: Slim Allan 3
18) Ponytail & Cylclingshorts (premix); Baron Samedi E.S.Q.
Rock on Brian,
Posted by HMK at 3:18 PM
This one is awesome. Although not even close to being a "classic" Christmas favorite (this one is totally new to me) but in just the few short days that we've been listening to it it's already become a favorite at our house. I hope you feel the same. So, grab yourself a hot mug of Dr. Pepper and enjoy Kahuna Christmas Song Number Three!
Posted by HMK at 6:54 AM
Friday, December 02, 2005
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Howdy and Happy Holidays Y'all! Here's a little something for your stocking...
I'll be posting a new Kahuna Christmas 2005 song each and everyday throught the month of December - tell your friends!
Simply click and listen or download and save to make your very own Kahuna Christmas 2005 cd! Song Number One
Posted by HMK at 7:27 AM