10/7 in a nutshell…
A Skatalites-centric oldies set led into a hop-skip-jump between the 2Tone era and the 21st century (from The Selecter to Umbrella Bed, in other words) winding up with the 2Tech ska groove of Perfume (who don’t do much ska, but when they do they have lotsa fun) just before we went Transkalactic. Sherwood was neck-deep in 45s again, spinning li’l licorice pizzas by everybody from The Islanders to Pete Rugolo to Hank Marr. Blue Beat was the theme of the 4(+1), and Millie’s Smash-hit cover of an old Barbie Gaye record was the Lollipop Of The Week. Smash, Philips, Island… take your pick. Whichever label you find it on, it’ll be… Smashing!
For this second show of KFAI’s Pledge Drive I featured music from Rueben Wilson, Count Basie, Cory Wong, Charlie Parker, early Miles Davis, Nancy Harms, and new music from Colin Dean, Sophia Shorai, and Arthur Lipner. For the Mingus Moment, I played Tonight at Noon, by Charles Mingus.
9/30 in a nutshell:
A fall fundraiser edition first hour made up mostly of freshly-acquired oldies by skartists such as Dennis Sindrey, Bunny Skitter, the Mighty Vikings and a couple of cuts by cats who go by their first initials: C. Hyman, and P. Reid. Full first names unknown… to us at least. In Sherwood’s fab flying party palace, Raymond Scott explores the chipmunk craze jazz style, and UK surf/twang combo The Eagles (early ’60s) perform their The Desperados …I’m not making this up! Later, the Fireballs do the Carioca and Shiina Ringo takes her Foolish Heart to Shibuya. Are ya feelin’ a change in the air? We might see one this weekend… Back on the bridge, we’ve got a ‘cross the pond 4@4, and Ernest Ranglin and Alana Davis gang up on the Lollipop. Some simply splendiferous TSPO action leads to an abbreviated End. 5….. 4…. 3… 2.. 1. Take It Away!