HV125- City of Angels

scene from the film Hearing Voices from NPR®
125 City of Angels: An Ode to Old L.A.
Host: Barrett Golding of Hearing Voices
Airs week of: 2011-11-02

“City of Angels” (52:00 mp3):

We’re occupying the streets of Los Angeles; our demands: bring us stories…

“Pilgrim Land” (2005 / 0:43 excerpt) Tom Russell
“Old America” (3:32 excerpt)
“Bukowski #2 on the Hustle=” (2:08 excerpt)
“Honky Jazz” (4:14)
“Swap Meet Jesus” (4:21)

From the album Hotwalker: Charles Bukowski & A Ballad for Gone. An Americana ode to old L.A., the music, the culture, from beat outsiders to religious revivals to long gone radio sounds; with stuntman, circus midget, and actor Little Jack Horton.

Hotwalker is the best Sam Peckinpah movie since Peckinpah died. It’s a ghostly jubilee, an audacious slab of Blue America. Narrated aby noir cowboy, Tom Russell, it is a singular recording, bound to be controversial — it’s not only going to ruffle feathers, but leave feathers scattered on the ground.”
—novelist-poet Luis Urrea

A couple web extras…

Tom Russell’s ‘Hotwalker’ Influences,” an inteview by NPR’s Alex Chadwick:

“WLS Radio Interview w/ Tom Russell” (10:21 mp3):

“Man on the Street” (1995 / 8:11) Joe Frank

From Joe’s “Streetwise” hour, and the CD collection Joe Frank Team Favorites: an interview with an anonymous homeless man on the streets of Los Angeles. Music: Thomas Newman “Rock Hammer” The Shawshank Redemption: Soundtrack.

“Growing Old in East L.A.” (2006 / 9:26 excerpt) David Greenberger

Excepted from an hour radio program, this audio portrait explores the lives of elderly Mexican-Americans in California. David Greenberger talked with residents of East Los Angeles senoir centers about their history, and that of their city and state. Louie Perez and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos created the soundtrack.

The hour was created and produced by David Greenberger with co-producers Jay Allison and Barbara Price, This project is made possible in part, by a grant from the California Council for the Humanities in partnership with the Skirball Foundation, through the jointly supported California Documentary Project, a program of the California Stories initiative.

“Pastor Mike at Jordan High” (2006 / 3:22) Queena Kim

When the last school bell rings, Pastor Mike Cummings stands in front of Jordan High School in Watts, Los Angeles. Jordan High is next door to the gang-ridden Jordan Downs projects, which students have to pass through to go home — sometimes with Pastor Mike at their side.

“Drinking In L.A.” (3:56) Bran Van 3000

From Bran Van’s Glee:

“Requiem” (2005 / 2:56) Tom Russell
“Coda: Little jack Horton” ( 1:32)
“America the Beautiful” ( 2:14)

We close the hour with the end of Hotwalker: Charles Bukowski & A Ballad for Gone. With the stories of Little Jack Horton, and Gretchen Peters singing “America the Beautiful.”

“Lullaby” ( / 5:31) Shawn Mullins

A spoken/sung SoCal story-song from Soul’s Core:

Top photo: Venice West Cafe, 1950s, scene from the film “Venice: Lost and Found.”

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Comments (3)

Great show this morning.
Please send me the name of the artist and title of the album for the rendition of America that you used in this program.
Thanks very much.

Comment added by Clemente D'Alessio on 11.06.11

Anybody know song & artist playing behind the “honky jazz” piece? Cool stuff.

Comment added by paul gottlieb on 11.09.11

Paul. Clem: the music you asked about is all from Tom Russel’s album” Hotwalker (links above); TomR wrote all the music. Gretchen Peters sang “America…” and Tony Campise played sax on “Honky Jazz.”

Comment added by BG on 11.11.11

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