8/11 in a nutshell…
Yeah, we promised you 2 Skaravans for GotchaSKAvered this week, but the little buggers have been pretty elusive, and we’ll be lucky to find a month’s worth… but at least we got in the Jazz Jamaica version this week, and title track to the album yet! (Q.: Can we count that as two? A.: Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!) Oh, well… Skaravan followed hot on the heels of a 4(+1)@4 set of ’90s ska to commemorate the RSST turning 12 at some point during this summer… Once-upon-a-time arcade rat Sherwood B. Funn snuck in 2 doses of chip-swingers YMCK as well as back-to-back trax from Stereolab side-project Turn On. The Ooh (remember, that’s what we’ve decided to call the Opening Oldies Hour – O-O-H, see? Next week, we’re gonna try that name out on the air! Ooooooh!!!) – anyway, the Ooh contained 4 oldies in a row with Ska in the title, and two more just before Sherwood. Ooooooh!!!
Live music in the studio today. Butch R. Baker The Candlesticks came in to promote their August 14th show at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. The Candlesticks perform a Woodstock Tribute show every year and brought their revival sound to KFAI Tuesday afternoon.
A bit of jazz with world influences to start things off – reggae from Charles Kynard, Calypso jazz from Etienne Charles, Monty Alexander, and Afro-Soul drumming from AK Salim. Then on to new music from Jerry Costanzo, a classic live tune from Miles, Jim Marentic, Charles Earland, Morris Wilson, and of course, Mingus.
GotchaSKAravaned? Not, exactly. The oft-ska-covered Ellington/Tizol goodie is something we thought we had at least one of this week, but WE COULDN’T FIND IT! So instead, we gave you a different Ellington SKAver (Sophisticated Lady a la Ska-J as part of a salute to Italy’s ska scene), as well as somebody else’s Skaravan (Skaravan Petrol, itself a version of an Italian hit sent skankin’ in high style by Giuliano Palma with Casino Royale, his pre-Bluebeaters band). We’ll have back-to-back Ellington Skaravans for the 8/11/11 show! Elsewhere in the 8/4, Euro ska from outside Italy also turned out to fill up hour 3, with a stray Japanese track (by The Determinations) thrown in for good measure. Sherwood schwung to Schory, Shiina and Senor Coconut, and the Ooh (Opening Oldies Hour) dipped into the 30-year-old early ’80s for some Blue Riddim, some Elvis Costello and some Clive Langer the Boxes, adding to our usual ’60s ska mix. Time to pour this pitcher… who wants some? :^)