9/19 in a nutshell…

Ooh, did we play a solid hour of recent YouTube finds this week? Not really, as we’ve definitely mixed Jimmy Cliff’s “Miss Jamaica” into his sequel “Miss Universe” on these airwaves before but we had a nice batch of RSST debuts this week. Including, from the short-lived US ska craze of the ’60s, one Jimmy Griffin, then-future Bread co-founder (what on EARTH was he thinking!?) with “Try”. Including Fay & Gabby with a thinly-disguised Bobby Day cover (“Over and Over” …re-titled “Sweeter & Sweeter”). Including Stranger & Patsy singing “Gee”, not by the Crows. Also including a “Sly Mongoose” and a “Big Foot” (named “Lou” btw). A short, sweet 2Tone set took over at the top for the next 20, and then we docked with the Voov, where Sherwood B. Funn was holding forth. He had us floating to choice tracks from La Lupe, Koop. (Yukimi Nagano singing “Summer Sun” is always a welcome sound to these ears), Tipsy, Combustible Edison and more. Back on the Home Stretch, to this day we are clueless as to just who the fictional animated pop star Fizzy really is, but she sang the “Lollipop” this week. The 5@5:05 was British-but-not-2Tone, and just 2 songs before that, The Selecter, currently on Vocaphone, delivered “Doors Ever Open” which, all by itself, is reason enough to check out this week’s audio archive! String Theory is the band’s current calling card, and “Doors” is a stand-out among stand-outs on it. You can also hear Cabernet Deneuve do an entire song called “Half”, and Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra do footballing anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (it’s the adopted theme of FC Tokyo, in addition to being Liverpool’s theme from 1963 forward thanks to the Gerry & the Pacemakers version (and you get to hear this DJ make a monkey out of myself on-air by identifying the song with Man Utd., for which I stand duly corrected!) Now I’m gonna wrap this thing up, post it, and get ready to go see Jimmy Cliff at 1st Av. tonight. With any luck, “One More” will be the encore (“D’ya want ONE MORE???”) See ya there! Tune in and stay tuned.

A Special 35th Anniversary Pledge Day special on Global Beat… reflecting back on the reggae scene in Mpls. in 1978 – when KFAI first was heard. J.Otis Powell! sits in with Doug in honor of the 90.3 / 106.7 Frequencies — helping to raise XXtra special funds in honor of the birthday. Doug began his run with KFAI in its first year so he nears his 35th anniversary of making the global community present over the airwaves.

See play list below…..songs may not be listed in order of play.


Lila Ammons was my guest in the studio today. We played some songs off her forthcoming CD, The Nearness of You. She’ll be having a CD Release Party at Hell’s Kitchen on September 27. Also played music from Grant Green, Steve Turre, Lester Bowie, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, The Atlantis Quartet, Cannonball Adderley, and Mauricio de Souza. The 45 of the Week was Magic, by the Count Basie Orchestra.

Episode #423: “The Lettermen Complaint Letter and 6 minutes that will change your life.”

9/12 in a nutshell…

By way of celebrating The Selecter’s Fri. the 13th appearance at the Cedar, the “Ooh” stepped about a decade-and-a-half out of character and blasted the show wide open with a set of classic 2Tone-era oldies, including one from The Specials’ BBC sessions which drops a colorful British expression meaning “good ‘n’ plowed”. Interestingly enough, The Home Stretch also included a 5(+1)@5:05 that consisted of bands whose names start with ‘P’. Honest, the connection only hit me after the fact! While we’re hop-skip-n-jumping through the playlist, let’s hit Sherwood’s long enough to note that Mr. Funn reprised his tribute to the late, great Little City in Space to commemorate the fact that The Echo Chamber’s Dr. Strangedub and our alter-ego d.j. babyswiss were mistaken by a caller for a couple of the Post-Void honchos responsible for launching the Little City into orbit all those decades ago. Which two, we’re not quite exactly sure… okay, truth be told, we haven’t the foggiest! We fondly remember the music, though… from the Satellite Singers (opening theme) to the Tokyo Happy Coats (“news” bed) to Henry Mancini (“sports” and “job line” themes), these tunes will never die so long as our hearts beat. Long live LCS (and live it does, thanks to online audio archives)! But back to business… Emil Richards’ calendar track “Sapphire (September)” figured into Sherwood’s playlist, and the Stretch shoved off with the second instro-Lolly in as many weeks. Oh, and the RSST’s intro is finally starting to morph to reflect the fact that we’ve been 2:-6: instead of 2:-5:a.m. for quite a while now!We just have to re-record our intro spiel now… tune in and stay tuned!

Summer concluding with a review of a few recent shows and a preview of fall highlights. Some comments on the 9/11 paradigm we still live under, as well.