On today’s show, a look at Benin’s Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, a chat with South African world music star Johnny Clegg, a new track from Antibalas and much more…

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?

The Brass Messengers

This “Live from Minnesota” segment features the Brass Messengers—a Twin Cities’ band that formed from the Heart of the Beast May Day parade. With Caribbean and Balkan influences, the Brass Messengers describe themselves as, “a sprawling fun factory of musicians.” This show was recorded at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis on March 12, 2012, and features contributions from the Yale Women’s Slavic Chorus. For more information on the Brass Messengers, visit Produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.

THE BIKE RIDE OF ’76 by Hugh Duncan
Two young children and their dad try to bike across country before the 4th of July.