7/18 in a nutshell…

From The Skatalites’ “Ball of Fire” to the “Ganja Plant” fueling the voyages of Minister of Science and Space Exploration Prince Buster (and he made it all the way to Mars!) to an appearance by Don (“Cosmic”) Drummond himself, this is the RSST “Space Month” tribute show we really wanted to pull off last week! We had a “Moon Invader”, some “Ghost Riders” and even some “Stardust”! Heck, Roy Richards even makes “Contact”! And wait’ll you hear what Sherwood has in store… The Pleiades, Venus, and Shiina Ringo’s “Carnation” turn up. And “Carnations” have exactly what to do with space? Here’s a friendly reminder from our 12/8/11 playlist…
Shiina Ringo: Carnation (ft. Saito Neko’s Orchestra & a cameo by Tokyo Jihen) (3:10) / pv & cd single [Toshiba/EMI] – The twin career paths of Shiina Ringo begin to merge… and I am properly gassed! Jihen beaming in, as if from the Enterprise transporter room, onto the stage set and immediately joining in the lush symphonic arrangement… has JJ Abrams seen this??? (seeing as he’s currently in charge of the Trek franchise… ) …THIS!!! …is why Sherwood’s Planet ♥♥♥♥s SR.” Sherwood neglected to mention that Neko’s entire orchestra beam into the Maestro’s presence, at the signal of his baton, on the same spacey stage set even as they begin performing the music. Vanished from US-accessible YouTube last I checked, but try something called wat.tv… Meanwhile, in the Home Stretch (kicked off by Maria Visconti’s take on the ole “Lollipop”)… the late, legendary Moon Ska Records (how appropriate!) make up the 5@5:05 with tracks by Chris Murray backed by The Secondhands and covering The Toasters, Buford O’Sullivan (on Moon subsidiary Ska Satellite), Laurel Aitken backed by The Skatalites, Skavoovee & the Epitones, The Toasters themselves, Let’s Go Bowling… you get the picture! The Liptones do their actual tune called “Moon Ska”, One Groovy Coconut (Ska Satellite again!) contribute the Star Wars-inspired instro “Millenium Falcon”, The Cat Empire (hope you caught their Cedar show, they’re amazing!) do “Prophets in the Sky” from their new one Steal the Light, and fellow Melbourners the Melbourne Ska Orchestra reprise “He’s A Tripper”. Now that’s celebrating the RSST-designated “Space Month” in high style! Tune in… and stay tuned!

Today’s program starts in Peru. travels to Brasil & Ecuador and moves into the Caribbean where we close the program.

See play list below

A mixed bag of music today, with older music from Jack McDuff, Miles Davis, Nat King Cole, Gerry Mulligan & Ben Webster, and Hank Mobley. Newer music from Koplant No, Laura Andrea Leguia, the Jay D’Amico Quintet, Mark Masters Ensemble, Diana Krall, Ben Sidran, and area musicians Maude Hixson and Seven Steps to Havana. The 45 of the week was Opera in Vout, by Slim Gaillard.

guest: Julie Landsman reading from Till, her novel in progress

Episode #414 – Dave takes over the cockpit.

Jazzed Up and Bonkers!

7/11 in a nutshell…

An attempted RSST “Space Month” opening-oldies salute to everything from Roswell to John Glenn’s birthday to Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk (all July events!) got thoroughly derailed this week, but we still got in “Rocket Ship” (Tommy McCook), “Leave Earth” (Derrick Morgan) and “Cosmic Bust” (Col. Elliott & the Lunatics) in addition to Mutant Frogs bumpers like “Transkalactic”, “Interstellar Teakettle” and “Cassini at Titan”. Sherwood’s Planet fans got to enjoy a bit of the Frogs’ new “Jungles of the Galaxy,” in addition to a cumbia, titled “He’s a Tripper”, about galaxy-trotting musical astronaut Lee “Scratch” Perry (as well as original funkateer James Brown), performed by Australia’s Melbourne Ska Orchestra. They’re so good it’s sorely tempting to add the word “Paradise” to their name! Speaking of Paradise, Tokyo’s finest turn up in the Home Stretch with their “Hungry Beast”, right after another Oz act, the Unicorn-era Late Notes. The GotchaSKAvered Lollipop-of-the-Week was the work of Betka Stankova, echoing a previous decade’s version of “My Boy”, or in this case “Mne Se Libi Bob”, sung by Yvonne Prenosilova. The 5@5:05 went long (though no 8-minuters this time around) and was followed up by The Dropsteppers, by way of plugging their Nye’s house gig every Monday night. The Megalith band has a new EP dropping real soon… and you’ll here it here! Tune in and stay tuned… it gets spacier next week!

Another short review of the recent African Summer series at the Cedar – plus a few others – leads into a celebration of Brasilian musical giants and a couple tracks of Afro-Peruvian rhythms.