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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?

Special holiday visit with musician Wanaku, originally from Cameroun, W. Africa, celebrating his brand new release, Indigenous People.  Free flowing session with multiple tracks previewed from the new release.

Had an interview today with Professor Mahmoud El-Kati, author of the “Hiptionary”, a book of phrases and terms used in modern conversation as slang. Professor El-Kati’s book explains the origins and the use of those terms. If you ever wondered what was the difference between “hip” and “hep”….get the Hip-tionary.(Papayrus Publishing)