October 2011 Rocket Ship Ska Trip Archives

10/6/2011 Rocket Ship Ska Trip

10/6 in a nutshell…
The 4(+3)-in-a-row, once again incorporating the thematically consistent GotchaSKAvered (British sci-fi telly theme Echo 4-2 this month) is a set of tunes we’ll collectively call Buggin’ at TVs, after a lyric in the Judge Dread song One-Eyed Lodger. The TV topic extends out beyond GotchaSKAvered to include a Selecter tune from the album (Celebrate the Bullet) with a prominent TV gracing the cover. The Voov’s playlist touched on food (Mangos, Sarada Shabadaba), excercise (Stop and Go Mambo, Kentish Town Waltz), geography (International Jet Set, Melody of Spain) and, in a DJ-backhanded way, the passing of Steve Jobs (the Ringo in Shiina Ringo’s Ringo no Uta_ and in her name_ is an apple or apples). In the Ooh (the Opening Oldies Hour), Derrick Naomi help kick off the whole show wishing they too were apples. Also, look for a bumper crop of bumpers to close out the hour. Bump!

10/13/2011 Rocket Ship Ska Trip

10/13 in a nutshell…
Bad Manners GotchaSKAvered this week, the hometown crowd took over the 4@4, Steady Earnest got off on the Good Foot, Sarah McAllister made us all go Stop, hey, what’s that sound… ? and Israel Vibration reminded us of the real Christopher Columbus (Rip an’ run off… ). Meanwhile on the Voov, Sherwood B. Funn mixed up a heady brew of Saturday morning cartoon themes (King Kong/Tom of T.H.U.M.B.), steel orchestras (Katzenjammers and Highlanders straight from T’n‘T) and electrolounge (Mr. Excitement). A steel orchestra (playing Byron Lee’s Jamaica Ska) also made it into the Ooh alongside Don Drummond and Sugar Dandy.

10/20/2011 Rocket Ship Ska Trip

10/20 in a nutshell…
The 4@4 theme this week was bands we haven’t played in a hell of a long time, followed up by an unrelated GotchaSKAvered_ we actually do play Ernest Ranglin somewhat frequently around here, and he’s got us SKAvered with his take on Ball of Fire, which started out life as the theme from British sci-fi telly’s Echo 4-2 under the title Echo 4-2, and Hour 3 wound up with something brand new… Tomorrow as a matter of fact! Aboard the Voov, chiptuners YMCK explained their name, Capsule cooked up cosmic tones, Senor Coconut gave us sweet dreams, and Ken Nordine spun a yarn about a regular guy who, waking up at 2 every morning, gradually learned what time it is everywhere. The Ooh (Opening Oldies Hour) spun its typically well-rounded mix of ska and early rocksteady from both sides of the Atlantic, during which onetime real-life boxer Prince Buster fancifully documents a bout with rival record producer Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid, himself a former police officer. Freeze!

10/27/2011 Rocket Ship Ska Trip

10/27 in a nutshell…
We here at the RSST would be pleased as Skalloween punch to debut our new Mutant Frogs bumper, Ghost from the Future, on this week’s Rocket Ship, were it not for the fact that Cozy, in the person of d.j. babyswiss, did the honors the previous night on Echo Chamber instead! Hey, we don’t mind_ a newly-hatched Froggie is a newly-hatched Froggie no matter where the thing airs first, and as far as we’re concerned, you heard it first RIGHT HERE on KFAI, including as part of the Mutant Frogs mixjam that was this week’s 4(+2)@4. Gary Crosby’s Jazz Jamaica All Stars big band (30 pieces!) gave us our GotchaSKAvered Ball of Fire finale, a certain Count Slapbackula Unauthorized, Slightly Extended Cave Mix got onto Sherwood’s Planet (where it’s been before), and in the first hour, dig the cannibal kids stalking Santa Claus in Candy Man …not the Sammy number, we guaran-durn-tee ya! Neil Ska-daka welcomed y’all aboard the Rocket Ship to launch the whole flight into orbit Doing The Jellyfish, which resembles The Ska, by the way!