12/27 in a nutshell…

If you can, just skip past the first 1:48 after the “Rocket Ship” theme. While at home crafting the successful mix which follows, my first attempt was foreshortened when I noticed my levels were completely redding out on me… I just had to fade and start over! The mix itself is one you’ve heard here before: Tracey Dey into Ria Bartok into Don Drummond. What I didn’t know before this week is “Ska Doo-Dee-Yah” (original Tracey Dey version) actually went top-20 in Sydney, Australia, and was generally a fairly sizable hit down under! “Zu Schade” is, of course, Ria Bartok’s quite successful German cover of “Ska Doo” while Don Drummond rounds out the mix with “Smiling”, backed quite ferociously by a very enthusiastic Skatalites being driven hard by the late great Lloyd Knibb pounding out that Buru beat. Another Drummond classic, the unusual “Apanga”, is a ska without the identifying upbeat “ska” clip, and it rounds out this week’s “Ooh” as the Rocket Ship docks with the Voovie Doo Lounge orbiting Sherwood’s Planet. Speaking of Mr. Funn, he was pouring doubles all the way (except for singular Froggie bumpers on the breaks). A low-res “Obladi” by Italians I Ribelli was the GotchaSKAvered this week, and heads-up: in the new year we bring back Lollipops-of-the-Week… we’ve got a certifiable year’s worth of ‘em! The 5@5:05 was a Ska/Jazz set of instros, and cumbia outfit Ondotropica led us into the closing moments this week with “Ska Fuentes”_ one of many skas the good Dr. Strangedub (Echo Chamber) wil be feeding us in the coming weeks. Now, this “Tune In… and Stay Tuned” business I promised to explain “next week” some weeks back (sorry about the delay!)… it’s simple. “Tune In…” was the title of a Skalatones album, and “Stay Tuned” was the title of a Let’s Go Bowling album. I’ll play a personal fave from each release next week during the last half-hour of the Home Stretch. Tune in… and Stay Tuned.

This holiday Global Beat moves between New Orleans and Hawai’i, among other locations and back home to the Midwest for some new releases.

Welcome to my Xmas 2012 show…..today, I took the audience on a Santa Sleigh Ride back to the past and explored the Xmas of my youth…1960-1970. At my house in St. Paul, we always had the music going and Xmas Day was no exception. Sure, we enjoyed a few actual Xmas songs but back in those days, the songs weren’t as cool as they are now. So we had to make our own cool Yule. And we did it by partying to the sounds of the day…..see play list below.

Holiday and seasonal music today, including songs by Jimmy McGriff, Tony Bennett, Connie Evingson, Carla Bley, Pony Poindexter, Ellis Marsalis, and more. A special segment for toy trains at Christmas, with a brief number from NRBQ, and songs by Dan Hicks, and Susan Arioli. Finally, the 45 of the week: If I were a Bell, by Miles Davis on Prestige.

Facing East: The music of John Coltrane – Jose James

The Higher-Than-Fi Holiday Special

12/20 in a nutshell…

The Rocket Ship so big we had to start it at midnight! Well, actually the real story is Angie (“In Your Ear”) Pykonen had obligations away from the KFAI mic, I offered to fill in, and Angie called it live on the air on 12/13: Next week would be a whopping 6-hour Rocket Ship Ska Trip! Pleased as punch, we, the RSST crew, spent the whole week inbetween throwing the whole glorious mess together and came up with everything from schoolkids with cannibalistic designs on Santa Claus (“Candy Man”, not the Sammy D. Jr. hit!) to Dec. 25th birthday boy, Kenton alum and bandleader in his own right Pete Rugolo (both Percussion and Brass At Work) to The Ventures’ “Scrooge” (NOT on the original vinyl Ventures Christmas Album, it’s an original by the band and a cd bonus cut) to The Dualers’ fantastic “Jack Frost” and “Miss Santa Claus” and some outfit I discovered during the show called the Ska Santas! Non-Christmas-related highlights included “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La Da” Prince Buster style, an un-“bumpered” batch of Mutant Frogs goodies AND the final mix I busted at the now late, lamented King & I Thai restaurant, bar and dj venue_ a mix of The Kinks, Madness, Gichy Dan’s Beachwood #9, Bad Manners, Fun Boy Three and Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band that I later replicated and burned at home just so KFAI could air it! (Archive listeners take note: this 20min. mix exists on the “In Your Ear” page for the next two weeks). Now, it pleases me no end that the audio archive engineers HAVE RESCUED the 4: to 6: hours of this show… THANK YOU!!! :) :) :^)