This week’s highlights: a first-hour salute to the late Byron Lee’s Dynamic label and its roster of fine ska-tists, the long and short of it on Sherwood’s Planet, and yet another 4(+3)-in-a-row Bucket Hingley (Moon, Ska Satellite, Megalith founder) tribute in anticipation of his band The Toasters’ 10/22 appearance at Triple Rock. Barbie Gibbidyup Gaye’s pioneering Lollypop (see LOTW week 1) gets reprised, just to remind y’all who set the ball rolling back in ’56.
The RSST had DJ Special Guest sit in and share his collection of crazy-rare Jamaican ska 45s in a tribute to Blue Beat and Prince Buster which careened into Studio 1, Crystal and other labels by the end of the hour. OMG, I’ve gotta have DJSG make me a few compilations_ he’s got stuff even Google/You Tube doesn’t know exists, and neither did I until I saw these 45s!
Sherwood dropped a bonus track from Sr. Coconut’s El Baile Aleman expanded edition, in addition to some classic Shiina Ringo, Ken Nordine and even Dr. Buzzard, the tunes on the 4(+1) in-a-row had one thing in common_ the in the title, and in honor of Millie Small mere days after her birthday, a live on-air mix of her English and English/German Lollipops made LOTW week 30.
This week_ RSST beatmixes the ska for a continuous 20 minutes of nonstop skankin’, then in Sherwood’s Voovie Doo Lounge, we get to hear (among other highlights) Shiina Ringo mixing tap dancing into a cute Latin big band number, and in the 4:00 hour, a set of Japanese ska 45s you can hear on You Tube, and it’s the Jazz Jamaica All Stars with this week’s Lollipop (week 31!) …sweet!
The crew mixed a buncha Blue Beat we recently found on You Tube this week (and there’s no end to this stuff!), Sherwood has Funn with his typically wide-ranging space-lounge set, the Cap’n Cozy pay a visit to The Dept. of Ska House’n, and Fatty Bad Manners Bloodvessel busts a live Lollipop. Check it!
It’s Skalloween again, and the Cap’n ‘n’ Cozy lift the veil between the universes because it’s time to get SKA-ry! A great all-oldie-moldie first hour, complete with a she-Dracula, a spider, a fly, and various zombies guaranteed to put the bump in your night! Hour 2 kicks off with the bewitching avant-Gamelanisms of Harry Partch (from The Bewitched) and then careens into everything from voodoo men to Hell’s Bells to King Kong. The 4-at-4 is all mummies, including two back-to-back from the same Bad Manners album, an entirely different flavor of Lollipop this week (not even the same song!), plus vampires, Scooby Doo, and the Werewolves of London a la David Lindley. Aah-WHOOOOOOO!!!