Music

10/4 in a nutshell…

The GotchaSKAvered Ska Cover-of-the-Month Club Selection for October is Latin Goes Ska, which started out life in Mexico as “Pachito E Che”, a massive tune in the late ’40s for Perez Prado and Beny More, Cubans living in Mexico City at the time. It was The Skatalites in 1964 who cut the first ska version, retitling it “Latin Goes Ska”, and The Skatalites again who played the live version we hear here, from the expansive “Stretching Out” early ’80s reunion sessions on ROIR, the first version this dj ever heard. The 5@5 featured Beatles covers a la ska (but not frozen!), which was followed up with goodies from The Slackers, The Selecter, Proyecto Secreto and Runa Miyoshida from her Ska Flavor series of cd releases. Sherwood aired Hal Blaine’s psychedelically percussive October cut, “Inner Space” before unleashing the delightful Copter4016882 to flit around under the Starview Dome, mingling with floating skassengers, and if you looked thru the dome, you could see Capsule’s “Space Station no.9” whizzing by. Also in the house: YMCK, sandwiched between Cal Tjader and Tito Puente on the playlist! Ooooh, and in the “Ooh”, the Cap’n & Cozy featured a fabulous mix of original ska, rocksteady, 2Tone-era and lost-decade stuff. Jackie Opel, Byron Lee, The Renegades, Prince Buster and Plastic Bertrand (on a Buster riddim!) made an appearance. Ooooh!

The Lowertown Reading Jam in St. Paul is a monthly literary series at Black Dog Cafe, sponsored by the Saint Paul Almanac. Each session features a different theme and curator. In this segment of “Live from Minnesota,” poet, philosopher and educator, J. Otis Powell, presents the theme Duende and the Sound of Soul. The show features excerpts from J. Otis, e.g. bailey, Leah Nelson, Andrea Jenkins and Louis Alemayehu. Produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.

PLEDGE DRIVE!
Featuring pieces from The Truth, This Land Press, Youth Radio, & Billy Collins!

Plege drive show. THANKS to everyone who called in their support. And, thanks to Ron Thums for sitting in and keeping me focused. The picture to the right is Marc Bolan, a.k.a. T. Rex. Flo & Eddie sang backup on the T-Rex album Electric Warrior

ONE WEEK PLEDGE DRIVE SHOW!!!

Tonight as part of the KFAI fall pledge drive we revisited a theme we have not done in awhile: A Fistful of Dub: A Dread Western Special. The Echo Chamber headed out to the wild, wild west! The anchors of the show (and the two items that were the germ of the project) were Roots Control’s fantastic Dread Western album (on Wordsound) and the Ennio Morricone soundtrack to the spaghetti western movie The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. Also fitting right in is the Trojan Records “western reggae” compilation “The Big Gundown”. More great stuff, including: the excellent new “Return of Gringo” album from Prince Fatty meets the Mutant Hi-Fi; Vincenzo Cipollone (“Far West” album); Space Monkeys vs. Gorillaz (“Clint Eastwood”); Clint Eastwood & General Saint; Dub Spencer & Trance Hill (covering the Clash’s “Magnificent Seven”); Guvna (with “Fistful of Dub”); Tommy McCook & the Skatalites; Boomski (with “Bad Horsie” from the Dubbhism album “She Was A Rough Rider”); Lloyd Charmers; The Specials; Pale Rider; “Double Barrel”, both the original from Dave & Ansel Collins, plus Bad Manners’ cover; and so much more…including tons of soundbytes from the movie “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”. Heck we even included the main title music from the classic Blazing Saddles movie from Mel Brooks!

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