11/22 in a nutshell…

Sherwood and the Cap’n & Cozy got their Ringo on this week, to celebrate big 3-4 for the creator of Mayonaka wa Junketsu, Shiina Ringo’s Tokyo Ska -fueled stomper from ’01. Which, of course, we Ringrolled you with, as we like to do every now and then, following with Tokyo Jihen’s contribution to J-Ska, the Tomosaka Rie -sung Tokai no Manner. As promised last week, we gave you two Monkey Men, the Jazz Jamaica version from Double Barrel, and The Specials’ Peel session take. Happy GotchaSKAvered! What we seem to have left out of the mix this time is a 5@5:05. How’bout a whopping 10 next show? We can swing that. Meanwhile, in Sherwood’s airspace (“Spacespace”?) a label called Real Gone Jazz got the big bump, as they’ve been issuing “Eight Classic Albums” packages like crazy, or maybe we’re just late to the party. Anyway, Sherwood got his paws on Sun Ra, Les Baxter (at last… the Space Escapade album!) and Cal Tjader. And of course, lotsa Shiina Ringo-related stuff to celebrate her birthday Sunday, including Tokyo Jihen’s last released song Tadanaranu Kankei, official English title “And the Beat Goes On”. And of course, the “Ooh” gotcha off to a good start with 75 minutes of classic ska oldies… hip, hip, hip, hip!!

Topic: Peace, reconciliation, & understanding. And — gratitude around the world

See play list below

Music for Accordion

Heather Barringer of the New Music Ensemble Zeitgeist came by to talk about their Cabaret Series, which features jazz, world, and other contemporary music. Also heard classic tracks from Dizzy Gillespie, and Wes Montgomery, as well as newer tunes from Malachi Thompson and Steve Yeager, and new releases from Russ Nolan and The Wave Mechanics Union. the 45 of the week was Soul Bird, by Cal Tjader.

Ladies who lunch…

From Gotham City and the Asphalt Jungle to Tahiti… and a Night at the Captain’s Galley.

11/15 in a nutshell…

Let’s work this thing outward from the middle (Sherwood’s Planet) this week, just because… you just know it’s a Town Without Pitney when you’re hearing Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass do Gene’s famous song, kicking off a whole string of tunes with “town” somewhere in the title, followed up by a batch of tracks with actual names of towns (Atchison, Topeka, Santa Fe, New York, Calcutta, etc.) in their titles! The psychedelically percussive Hal Blaine’s November selection is “Wiggy”, and YMCK’s “Kira Kira” is delightfully frantic. Back in the “Ooh”, speaking of frantic, how ‘bout The Angels’ hypercaffeinated “Jamaica Joe” for openers? Perhaps a couple of Dr. Don Drummond’s “Dew Drops” will mellow things out… Skipping over into The Home Stretch, GotchaSKAvered is conspicuous by its absence this week (two Monkey Men next week, we promise!) and the 5@5:05 had its 2nd consecutive single-label feature… 5 cuts culled from a series of v.a. releases on the SKANK label, reissued by Dojo. Long-term Ska fans might remember these: Licensed to Ska, Ska for Ska’s Sake, and 10 Commandments of Ska. The 10 were expanded to 15 for the cd reissue, and the cd reissues are what we brought. Earlier in the Stretch, Moon Hop did not cover David Bowie; instead they wrote their very own “Under Pressure”, and it sounds mighty fine to us here at the RSST. ‘Til next time, Tune In… and Stay Tuned! More on that next week!

Cuba dominates the first hour of Global Beat – then we go to the Mideast, upon hearing of Israel’s attack on the Gaza.