Jazz

7/12 in a nutshell…
It’s week 2 of “Space Month” here on the RSST, and “Oooooh”, we hit the GotchaSKAvered twice this show… As “Ball of Fire”, the Echo 4-2 theme got the Skatalites treatment, and the Laurie Johnson -penned TV tune’s been leading a double life ever since! We heard the ‘Lites right after our opener, “Rocket Ship”, and the Bad Manners arrangement was covered live by a 2Tone tribute band called Big 10 in Hour 3. Also look (and listen) for a couple of selections by “Colonel” Ken Elliott, a prog synthmeister who worked with a reggae studio crew in the early ’70s as (the) Vulcans for their debut “Star Trek”, and then as “Col. Elliott & the Lunatics” for the follow-up “Interstellar Reggae Drive”. A couple of Carlos Malcolm cuts included one from his album “Space Flight”. Space Month was a perfect excuse for Sherwood to break out all 10:32 of Mutant Frogs’ “Cassini at Titan” uninterrupted, and a “Moon Ska” (label) 4@4 in Hour 3 anticipated the combined Echo Chamber/Rocket Ship “Lunar Lunacy” 2-night party on the 18th/19th. Oh, the build-up!

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Mario Carrington, a supporter of KFAI and the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, was my guest today, bringing in his own set of terrific music, with an emphasis on piano players, including Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal, Horace Sliver, Art Tatum, and others.

another slice of America’s music…

The Jim Phelps or Jason King Episode.

7/5 in a nutshell…
(and this is one monster-sized nutshell we’re talkin’bout!)
This week’s RSST has plenty going on_ first of all, we’re declaring July to be Space Month, what with World UFO Day (which the Ship’s crew just learned of), the anniversaries of both Roswell and Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk, AND a more-than-usually cosmic Rocket Ship playlist all happening this month! In this week’s “Ooh”, the present invaded the past, as happens occasionally around here, as classic original ska made way for a batch of newly-hatched Froggies fresh from our studios. Easier to roll and keep track of while trying to give away Bayfront tix! In orbit around Sherwood’s Planet, we tuned in and turned on… just in time for Carnation Trek, involving an orchestra beaming onto a spacey stage set, seemingly from the Enterprise transporter room, and accompanying Shiina Ringo in her song for a popular NHK drama series. During the song, the aforementioned transporter also beams in Tokyo Jihen for a cameo appearance! (See for yourself: currently known as “CNTN” on YouTube, and it’s a real beauty… ) Mr Funn’s planned Emi Ito/The Peanuts tribute certainly was that, but expanded and morphed to encompass classic Toho monster-dom generally, throwing in Mothra, the Gargantuas and Godzilla. Ol’ Rocket Breath wasn’t the primary cause of galactic warming, though… Yukimi Nagano was, singing “Summer Sun” on Koop.‘s debut album to wind up the hour. The 4@4 ska theme was Paradise, and only two of the four were by the TSPO! GotchaSKAvered Ska Cover-of-the-Month’s got Ball of Fire (originally “Echo 4-2”) and there was one of each in the 1st and 3rd hours… The Skatalites (Fire) in the “Ooh” and Bad Manners (Echo) in Hr. 3. The Skatalites were covering the UK tv series theme “Echo 4-2” and changed its name, which is probably how I came to believe that the UK cop show was actually sci-fi… We also threw in Yuri Gagarin, Moonbase Alpha, Capt. Future, Solar Shock and some Constellations before wrapping the show up for another week. Wanna shake with that?

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