12/6 in a nutshell…

Who but Sherwood B. Funn would’ve thought to work The Special AKA into a tribute to the newly late Dave Brubeck? Well, seeing as Jerry Dammers and the crew did record their “War Crimes” in 5/4 time, it might make sense to a handful of other DJs out there… way out there. In fact, Sherwood’s Planet was in various fractured meters more often than not this week, and Brubeck collaborator Paul Desmond’s “Take Five” was heard in 4 different meters… three in the Thelonious Moog version alone! Shiina Ringo stayed in waltz time for her two numbers, as she has yet to record in the higher odd meters… to the best of my knowledge! Dave himself played in ‘4’ on “Cassandra” and on his spoken-word Octet treatment of “How High the Moon”. Before the GotchaSKAvered (“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” this month), the Home Stretch even got in on the Brubeck tribute, with 5/4 ska by Blue Beat Players and our own Mutant Frogs. Btw, “Ob-La-Di”? It’s by The Skeatles this week. Misinformation of the week: our spiel about “Coxsone” the racehorse! We got Mr. Dodd mixed up with Eek-A-Mouse somehow. Nope, Clement Dodd actually acquired his famous nickname from cricket star Alec Coxon, which spelling winds up on some of the Coxsone record labels under the Studio 1 umbrella. Anyhoo, Coxsone Records 45s make up the entirety 5@5:05 this week. Look for what could loosely be described as an extended Unicorn-era set in the run-up to the Morning Blend, and on the other end of the RSST, a short Beatles covers set kicks off the “Ooh”… and that’s the long and short of it. Tune in… and Stay Tuned.

Mainly Africa, folk n’ blues, old & new blends.

Today’s show lasted FOUR hours…and I want to thank Ellen Stanley from Women Folk for letting me cover her show today. So I got the chance to Roll & Tumble from 2pm to 6pm this Tuesday. I took the opportunity to play blues from the root of the music to the fruit of it’s endeavor…..from the “Roots to the Fruits”…I called the show today. From the beginning….through most if it’s derivatives…..all the way to the “saxxy, sexy” blues. See play list below of over 40 tunes:


“He played that song so many times, the needle eventually started playing the song on the other side of the record!”

Mutantes, Mandos, Monks, and Memories of an ‘Oo-filled evening

11/29 in a nutshell…

As promised last week, we busted out a 5:05 5×2 this week, all ska Beatles covers… or “Skeatles” as we used to call ‘em_ til we found out (we found out!)… there’s an actual band by that name. Naturally, they kicked off the set, which also included Ringo Ska, ARTS, Brass Circus, The Skatalites and more. During the “Ooh”, we teased that we were going to spin an actual current hit during the last 1/2-hour of the Home Stretch. That cut happens to be Pitbull’s “Don’t Stop the Party”, which rides a loop of Toots & the Maytals’ “Funky Kingston” bumped up to a ska tempo… oh, and by the way, it smokes, boss. And, speaking as we were of Toots, we also had two Monkey Men in the mix, one each by Melt-Banana and The (live) Uptones. Sherwood kicked off the weekly orbit of his Planet with a slice of KFAI history… the “News” theme from the long-gone Little City in Space show. It’s a King-label 45 by the Tokyo Happy Coats called “Tea-A-Wanna Whistle”. Listen later for Raymond Scott, featuring the chipmunked vocals of Dorothy Collins, and all sorts of wonderfully silly nonsense about a cow, the Moon, a dish, a spoon, jumping and running away. So much of this that it takes two songs to tell it all! Sherwood also answered the first hour’s “Marjie” (the Blues Blasters on Studio 1) with a “Margie” (same song) by Cy Seymour and his group on Golden Crest. And speaking of different spellings, we also had Rico and Reco (same cat) blowing his trademark trombone licks on two different 45s. And that, dear skassengers, is the tip o’ the iceberg… don’t sink!

Variedades Latinos… I start out with a variety of sounds & styles from various Latin American countries. Algunas de mis favoritas.