Ooh, let’s Do The Jellyfish! The guy we like to call “Ska-daka” just for that song kicks off a set of ’60s ska and bluebeat originating outside Jamaica, and featuring tracks found on a series of 7” EPs called “Doin’ the Popcorn Ska” (listed in italic) that currently stretches to 5 volumes. Also, a short 2Tone-era set features 2 cuts from a new 5-disc English Beat “Complete” box_ an extended remix and a John Peel session number. Oh, and we’ve still got some unfinished “Moon” business, to boot! Oh, and Sherwood’s got a lot more… a lot more, including “Voodoo Moon”, “How High the Moon”, “The Cow Jumped Over the Moon” and “The Moon was Yellow”… really, you’ll see stars before this is over! The 4@4 are connected by the fact that none of them has anything to do with outer space… and they’re all Beatles covers. The July GotchaSKAvered selection wraps up with the title track from The Skatalites’ Island/Jamaica Jazz release “Ball of Fire”, and the home stretch includes a ska version of “Lost In Space”. DANGER, Will Robinson! DANGER!!!

Minnesota Blues Icon Big Walter Smith passed away this Tuesday. This show includes a tribute to him and his music.

Pianist Jeremy Siskind came by, along with vocalist Nancy Harms and sax player Lucas Pino. They are touring in support of Finger-Songwriter, Siskind’s new CD. During our interview I played three cuts from the CD. I also played music by Carmen Intorre Jr., Cory Wong, Body Omara, the Jazz Soul Seven, and the 45 of the week: Canadian Sunset by Gene Ammons.

Songs about bodybuilding, songs about saddles, songs about anatomy, songs about mules, songs about rain forests, songs about Jesus — songs to set up your volleyball net by.

A morning with Cousin Bosco Fubar

7/19 in a nutshell…

By way of commemorating the 43rd anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s small steps and Giant Leap for Mankind… oops, it’s the Apollo 13 of RSST outer space specials, and we were lucky to get back to Earth in one piece! We didn’t even manage to trigger our theme music until we were already 2 songs deep into the show… oh, well, lace up those Moon Boots (or should that be a sturdy pair of Docs?), ‘cuz it’s time for summa that olllll’ Moon Stompin’! Symarip indeed worked their way into our “Ooh” hour, as did Don Cosmic, the Skatalites, and “Col.” Ken Elliott & the Lunatics. Oh, and Bad Manners’ rare “Outer Space” version of “Ivor the Engine” as well. ‘Round Sherwood’s Planet, St. Francis of Hoboken flew us to the moon, The Peanuts were waiting there for us with shiny candy moons, and Drain introduced us to a buncha guys about to turn blue. An unplanned all-*“Froggie”* 4@4 led us to GotchaSKAvered… and to Buenos Aires, where the Skatalites uncorked a live “Ball of Fire” that appears on “In Orbit, vol. 1”. A live dub from Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra helped us mark the passing of the hard-rockin’ Jon Lord (of Deep Purple) at 71. The big ‘C’ got ‘im. “Jon Lord (Live Dub)” appears on TSPO’s Full Tension Beaters. Rock In Peace, Jon.

Luisa Maita (Brasil) & Johnny Clegg (So. Africa) visits reviewed along with some tracks from local artist, Mankwe’s brand new release.