August 2011 Rocket Ship Ska Trip Archives

8/4/2011 Rocket Ship Ska Trip

8/4/11 in a nutshell…

GotchaSKAravaned? Not, exactly. The oft-ska-covered Ellington/Tizol goodie is something we thought we had at least one of this week, but WE COULDN’T FIND IT! So instead, we gave you a different Ellington SKAver (Sophisticated Lady a la Ska-J as part of a salute to Italy’s ska scene), as well as somebody else’s Skaravan (Skaravan Petrol, itself a version of an Italian hit sent skankin’ in high style by Giuliano Palma with Casino Royale, his pre-Bluebeaters band). We’ll have back-to-back Ellington Skaravans for the 8/11/11 show! Elsewhere in the 8/4, Euro ska from outside Italy also turned out to fill up hour 3, with a stray Japanese track (by The Determinations) thrown in for good measure. Sherwood schwung to Schory, Shiina and Senor Coconut, and the Ooh (Opening Oldies Hour) dipped into the 30-year-old early ’80s for some Blue Riddim, some Elvis Costello and some Clive Langer the Boxes, adding to our usual ’60s ska mix. Time to pour this pitcher… who wants some? :^)

8/11/2011 Rocket Ship Ska Trip

8/11 in a nutshell…
Yeah, we promised you 2 Skaravans for GotchaSKAvered this week, but the little buggers have been pretty elusive, and we’ll be lucky to find a month’s worth… but at least we got in the Jazz Jamaica version this week, and title track to the album yet! (Q.: Can we count that as two? A.: Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!) Oh, well… Skaravan followed hot on the heels of a 4(+1)@4 set of ’90s ska to commemorate the RSST turning 12 at some point during this summer… Once-upon-a-time arcade rat Sherwood B. Funn snuck in 2 doses of chip-swingers YMCK as well as back-to-back trax from Stereolab side-project Turn On. The Ooh (remember, that’s what we’ve decided to call the Opening Oldies Hour – O-O-H, see? Next week, we’re gonna try that name out on the air! Ooooooh!!!) – anyway, the Ooh contained 4 oldies in a row with Ska in the title, and two more just before Sherwood. Ooooooh!!!

8/18/2011 Rocket Ship Ska Trip

8/18 in a nutshell…
Skaravan! We’re all caught up on ska versions of the famous Ellington/Tizol number, and we so GotchaSKAvered that we were able to lay 3 of ‘em on ya this week, with two more coming your way next week to wrap up August. In 4(+1)@4 territory, Ska-By-Accident (or was that Default?) was the order of the week, as the characteristic offbeat found its way into the work of artists more typically found in Sherwood B. Funn’s playlist. Speaking of Mr. Funn, the highlight of ye olde middle hour was a Yukimi Nagano tribute set encompassing 5 different recording artists whose releases she’s appeared on, including her own Little Dragon, and Koop.‘s breakout Summer Sun which introduced Nagano to the world. In the Ooh (which I neglected to introduce as such on the air this week, oops), you’ll find, among others, the guy we in the RSST like to call Neil Ska-daka, inviting all within earshot to learn to Do The Jellyfish. This has now seen release on vinyl ep for the first time ever… I’m gonna have to get this thing for myself just to hear if it’s sourced from the Sting Of Death movie or (hoping, hoping) the actual master tape of the studio session at which the song was cut!
That would be really swella…

8/25/2011 Rocket Ship Ska Trip

8/25 in a nutshell…
This week in GotchaSKAvered, another double-shot: the Skaravan came to its final destination in Tokyo (from TSPO’s best-of) via a long haul from Kingston (Skatalites, Top Deck take 3). The return flight , also featuring music from Moon Hop, Ska Dynamics and a pair of Madness alumni, was launched by another space-themed 4@4 warp-driven by the Riddimates and winding up at Roy Ellis’ skinhead shindig on the Moon. A space vibe also ran through the Voov, with Sherwood B. Fun dropping Black Hole Sun (Moog Cookbook style), The Girl from Venus (Moogophonic-a-delia from Perrey Kingsley) and Galaxy Tourist (awshucks-irresistable ear-candy from The Peppertones) into the mix. The Opening Oldies Hour (just say ooh) blasted off to the sounds of Tommy McCook, Jackie Mittoo, Don Drummond and the band they were all part of, The Skatalites. Also listen for The Selecter’s transitional single The Whisper.
Ooh, indeed!