12/23 in a nutshell…
Merry Skanksmas, skassengers… due to the fact that a good crateful of our music got left on the launchpad this week, we had to reach, reach, reach for ska/rocksteady/reggae/lounge that we could tangentially connect to winter, let alone Christmas! Hence, Alton Ellis’ Remember That Sunday because this Sunday is Boxing Day, Tokyo Ska’s And the Angels Sing because the title mentions singing angels, and Gil Fuller and the MJFO’s Seesaw because some of you may be giving/receiving an actual seesaw for Christmas! That said, we still had authentic seasonal goodies like Granville Williams’ Santa Claus Is Ska-ing To Town and a couple of Nutcracker goodies a la Duke Ellington. Will Santa give Shiina Ringo a Rickenbacker guitar and a Marshall amp (and, presumably, a quarter-inch cable to connect the two) for Christmas? …or will Mr. Sandman??
Listen to Marunouchi Sadistic (Expo Version) for the pertinent clue, and happy Ska-lidays, skassengers!
Today’s show was a Christmas present going out to my performing friends who make the Twin Cities their home. Make it your New Year’s resolution to get out and support live music. My Christmas wish for all of us: Peace On Earth!
paying attention to James Moody (March 26, 1925 – December 9, 2010) an American jazz saxophone and flute player best known for his hit Moody’s Mood for Love, an improvisation based on I’m in the Mood for Love; in performance, he often improvised vocals for the tune.
12/16 in a nutshell…
Listen for a pretty cool 3-tune mix during Hr. 1_ Otis Gayle into (Harry Hosono’s) Tin Pan Alley into Li’l Gizzelle! Hour 2 find: Rosemary Clooney’s original Mangos (we’ve been known to drop Shiina Ringo’s cover Papaya Mango into the mix and one of these weeks we’ll play ‘em back-to-back). In Hr. 3, the 4@4 tells you to do something! … whether it’s Turning Around, dancing the Jamaica Ska, Just Saying Yeah!, or simply Moving Your Feet. Lollipop a la français was served up by Agnes Loti, and we hear another tune from the Prizefighters new debut. Follow their sound_ it’s heavyweight!