This week, a mostly-instro first hour had two rootsy Count Ossie 45s back-to-back, with 7 duppies right behind ‘em… in addition to a Hunch Back, an Astro ‘Gator and a Ska Bump. Steel Pulse got covered by The Skeletones, and The SkalarsChanged Up as well. In hour 2, Sherwood B. Funn took note of the late-May birthdays of Godzilla composers Masaru Sato and Akira Ifukube, complete with Jack Walrath musically observing Godzilla on the Bottom of the Sea.Beth Custer, Arthur Lyman and Señor Coconut also figured into Sherwood’s doings. The 4@4 saw Ska-era Jamaican artists doing things other than ska, Maggie MaeLollipopped,The PinstripesFound It, and The Night Sky Turned Blue, as it does in late spring/early summer in the RSST time slot, and Mr. Review’s Rude VisserShook and Shivered. Brrrrrr!
Davina the Vagabonds came by and performed 5 songs. It was awesome, if I do say so myself. I also played tunes by Lester Young, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sonny Rollins John Coltrane, Dave Holland, Eric Alexander, and Tessa Souter.
It’s our last Monday night here on Jet Set Planet. That’s right, we’re packing up all the crates of vinyl, the 45s, the compact discs, the downloads, and we’re moving to Friday nights at 9 starting June 4th. So tonight, it’s time to celebrate our last Monday of Jet Set Planet. And what a way to celebrate — we’re not playing records from the dollar bin, no sirree. We’re playing records but from the .50 cent bin! We’ll sample the Explosive Vocal Percussion(?) of Myrna March, the African Sounds of Carl Stevens, the Bongo instruction expertise of Jack Burger, and the production library prowess of the Glen Somers Orchestra. PLUS your gonna enjoy an extended double set of tunes from the adult cinema of the early 1970s near the end of the program.
This time ‘round, no sooner does the Rocket Ship clear the launch pad than we honor a request from the previous week that we didn’t have with us at the time… Desmond Dekker’sThis Woman. You’ll recall that we did a mini-Ska Women set instead, including a live Bodysnatchers cut. Anyway, Hour 1 also saw Joanne Dennis, The Soulettes, and Mamie Perry (unrelated to Lee Scratch, btw) make appearances. The expansive epic cut BabopbyeYa from the new Janelle Monáe album was one of THE soaring highlights of Hour 2, and more fun(n) was to be had as Russ Garcia musically imagined water creatures from Astra, and vintage sax honkers Tab Smith and Earl Bostic delivered 2 entirely different tunes called Mambolino. ’60s ska from outside Jamaica made up the 4(+2)@4 which incorporated a Lollipop rerun from Brazil by Wanderléa Cardoso with Renato his Blue Caps, and back-to-back Specials and Slackers cuts help us to imagine Mr. Tragedy quite possibly enjoying himself… just not first. It’s later than we think as we have to short-fade SKAndalous’Lithium cover to make room for The End. At least it’s by the same band… now where’s that pale horse? We’re off!