7/19 in a nutshell…

By way of commemorating the 43rd anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s small steps and Giant Leap for Mankind… oops, it’s the Apollo 13 of RSST outer space specials, and we were lucky to get back to Earth in one piece! We didn’t even manage to trigger our theme music until we were already 2 songs deep into the show… oh, well, lace up those Moon Boots (or should that be a sturdy pair of Docs?), ‘cuz it’s time for summa that olllll’ Moon Stompin’! Symarip indeed worked their way into our “Ooh” hour, as did Don Cosmic, the Skatalites, and “Col.” Ken Elliott & the Lunatics. Oh, and Bad Manners’ rare “Outer Space” version of “Ivor the Engine” as well. ‘Round Sherwood’s Planet, St. Francis of Hoboken flew us to the moon, The Peanuts were waiting there for us with shiny candy moons, and Drain introduced us to a buncha guys about to turn blue. An unplanned all-*“Froggie”* 4@4 led us to GotchaSKAvered… and to Buenos Aires, where the Skatalites uncorked a live “Ball of Fire” that appears on “In Orbit, vol. 1”. A live dub from Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra helped us mark the passing of the hard-rockin’ Jon Lord (of Deep Purple) at 71. The big ‘C’ got ‘im. “Jon Lord (Live Dub)” appears on TSPO’s Full Tension Beaters. Rock In Peace, Jon.

Luisa Maita (Brasil) & Johnny Clegg (So. Africa) visits reviewed along with some tracks from local artist, Mankwe’s brand new release.

Another day of just playing the blues………

music my mother listened to: celebrating the 104th anniversary of her birth – July 13, 1908

Liberty Finch from the Pop Shop fills in for Glen this week. Espionage, bongos, exotica!

7/12 in a nutshell…
It’s week 2 of “Space Month” here on the RSST, and “Oooooh”, we hit the GotchaSKAvered twice this show… As “Ball of Fire”, the Echo 4-2 theme got the Skatalites treatment, and the Laurie Johnson -penned TV tune’s been leading a double life ever since! We heard the ‘Lites right after our opener, “Rocket Ship”, and the Bad Manners arrangement was covered live by a 2Tone tribute band called Big 10 in Hour 3. Also look (and listen) for a couple of selections by “Colonel” Ken Elliott, a prog synthmeister who worked with a reggae studio crew in the early ’70s as (the) Vulcans for their debut “Star Trek”, and then as “Col. Elliott & the Lunatics” for the follow-up “Interstellar Reggae Drive”. A couple of Carlos Malcolm cuts included one from his album “Space Flight”. Space Month was a perfect excuse for Sherwood to break out all 10:32 of Mutant Frogs’ “Cassini at Titan” uninterrupted, and a “Moon Ska” (label) 4@4 in Hour 3 anticipated the combined Echo Chamber/Rocket Ship “Lunar Lunacy” 2-night party on the 18th/19th. Oh, the build-up!