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More on-hold music for the 21st century! PLUS a SuperSet of listener requests!

1/10 in a nutshell…

A set of some of ska’s best non-Jamaican oldies kicked off the “Ooh” this week, led by Cyril Stapleton’s band backing Chris Farlowe & the Thunderbirds (“The Beazers”) doing The Blue Beat. We also threw in some Lost Decade stuff by artists like Zap Pow, Vin Gordon and Gichy Dan. When we got to Sherwood’s place, a pre-Tennessee Birdwalk, Joe Meek-obsessed Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan (a.k.a. “Jacqueline Hyde”) were waiting for us, inviting us to run away with them_ which we did, through a sonic landscape peppered with weird-era Ferrante & Teicher (think “Soundblast”), Milt Raskin, Arthur Lyman, the Dusk ‘til Dawn Orchestra (conducted by the one and only Mort Garson who we’re seriously gonna have to do a tribute to one of these weeks), “Knuckles” O’Toole (doing a cha-cha!) and the Art Of Noise, among others. In the Home Stretch, Millie Small had the GotchaSKAvered Lollipop-of-the-Week in mixed English/German, the 5@5-past-5 featured tracks from Jump Up-label compilations, and Graham Reynolds and his Golden Arm Trio, augmented by horn section, fired up the ol’ Miracle Machine. ‘Til next time, Tune In… and Stay Tuned.

More leftover highlights of 2012 of the Latin variety along with a preview of upcoming shows Meklit Hadero & Omer Avital.

Continued to celebrate my radio anniversary today….been on the air at KFAI for 19 years and played music today to reflect what I thought was my “BEST-EST” discovery after all this time….and that was the blues of the Ladies of Chicago…the ladies of Blue Chicago( and the men who accompany them in recording sessions and on the road). They work, live and are headquartered there in the Blues City and their music has become my inspiration and my joy for the last 19 years. See play list below

There seemed to be a revolving door on the studio as three different sets of guests dropped by: Lulu’s Playground, with a CD release party at the AQ on the 11th & 12th; Pavel Jany and Robert Everest, with a world music show at the Cedar on the 9th; and Dorothy Doring and Phil Mattson, with a CD release party at the AQ on the 18th. Whew! Also played music from Greg Lewis’ Organ Monk CD, as well as Art Pepper, Russ Nolan, Vicky Mountain, and the 45 of the week: Chicken Giblets by Dizzy Gillespie from 1969.

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Episode #387 – The on-hold music of tomorrow – TODAY!