5/2/13 in a nutshell…

We noticed The Night Sky Turning Blue during the Home Stretch, and we broke out our favorite Buford O’Sullivan song, which will have greater longevity on this year’s playlists due to the extra hour we didn’t have at this time last year. The 5(+1)@5:05 was strictly East Coast-themed, and opened with Boston greats The Void Union and Bim Skala Bim, and also included New York legends The Toasters. Margherita’s “Tu Sei Pallido”, one of two Italian “Lollipops” in our possession (the other being the feisty Rita Pavone’s), comes from a record whose overly long title misidentifies the geographical origin-point of “Ska” (U.S.A. according to the 45 sleeve… ), but nevertheless isn’t actually a bad version of the song. Sherwood changed his meteorological pitch up, observing the wet weather with Ken Nordine (“Looks Like It’s Going to Rain”) instead of the Soil & “Pimp”/Shiina Ringo collab usually heard here when we’re “feelin’ a change in the air”. Ringo still mentioned rain, though… it turns up in her “Suberidai”, which we heard just before Walter Wanderley launched into “Song of the Jet”. May’s “calendar album” tracks were Emil Richards’ “Emerald” and “Flower Society” by the psychedelically percussive Hal Blaine. The “Ooh” spun ska oldies mostly Jamaican, but also from Mexico (Toño Quirazco), South Africa (Soweto Stokvel Septette), the US (Lester Lanin) and the UK (Colonel Elliott & the Lunatics). Tune in… and stay tuned!

Middle eastern sounds from Simon Shaheen & Yasmin Levy lead into a couple Turkish tunes. After that you can catch some West African styles on this Global tour.

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Preempted by a Jazz Concert at the Walker. Will be back in the saddle on May 10.

4/25 in a nutshell…

“Pempelem… pelem-pem-pem!” So sang Azie Lawrence to kick off a set that careened from The Melodians to Chris Farlowe & the Thunderbirds (as “The Beazers”) to Colonel Elliott & the Lunatics and of course included The Skatalites, making for hoppy-skippy-jumpy diversity that had us doing all three. And when we reached Sherwood’s Planet… well, who but Sherwood spins Emerson Lake & Palmer and the Dave Brubeck Octet back-to-back_ and the Bru’s spoken-word meditation on “How High the Moon” at that? The ELP cut was “Tank”, by the way… Yukari Ito took us into the Home Stretch with another of our three ’60s Japanese “Lollipops”, Mutant Frogs took over the 5(+1)@5:05 with a set of some of Sherwood’s bumpers, David Lindley’s take on “Werewolves of London” served to remind us all of his soon-to-be May 22 appearance at Cedar Cultural Center, and we belatedly sent Maggie Thatcher off to the Great Beyond with a certain English Beat song. Phoenix City All Stars added to its cover of “The Selecter” the tune’s original title “Kingston Affair”, and with that, we remind you to Tune In… and Stay Tuned.