GotchaSKAravaned? Not, exactly. The oft-ska-covered Ellington/Tizol goodie is something we thought we had at least one of this week, but WE COULDN’T FIND IT! So instead, we gave you a different Ellington SKAver (Sophisticated Lady a la Ska-J as part of a salute to Italy’s ska scene), as well as somebody else’s Skaravan (Skaravan Petrol, itself a version of an Italian hit sent skankin’ in high style by Giuliano Palma with Casino Royale, his pre-Bluebeaters band). We’ll have back-to-back Ellington Skaravans for the 8/11/11 show! Elsewhere in the 8/4, Euro ska from outside Italy also turned out to fill up hour 3, with a stray Japanese track (by The Determinations) thrown in for good measure. Sherwood schwung to Schory, Shiina and Senor Coconut, and the Ooh (Opening Oldies Hour) dipped into the 30-year-old early ’80s for some Blue Riddim, some Elvis Costello and some Clive Langer the Boxes, adding to our usual ’60s ska mix. Time to pour this pitcher… who wants some? :^)
Had a phone interview with keyboardist/songwriter/producer George Duke. Played tunes by Duke, Flora Purim, Charmin Michelle, Ellington, Mingus, David Sanborn, and Lou Donaldosn, as well as new songs from Rick Stone and JC Styles, and Bela Fleck..
Sing it with me now: It’s Fun To Listen To Wyyyyyy-Emmmmm-Cee-Kay!! …and YMCK don’t even cover The Village People! (They DO cover Frankie Valli, and in French, to boot, but that’s another story for a different show.) Sarada Shabadaba marks the 8-bit swing band’s splashdown on Sherwood’s Planet in high style! What do they sound like? Well, imagine a bunch of old Tetris and Galaga machines having a jam session after-hours down at the arcade… and then a trio of the 23rd century’s cutest jazz singers chime in in slightly-too-perfect harmony… welcome to chip-bop (which is actually just the tip o’the iceberg for this outfit!) Meanwhile, over in ska land, politics rules the 4@4, Prince Buster joins The Selecter for Madness on the GotchaSKAvered, and a certain Derrick wishes he were an Apple.