June 2012 Rocket Ship Ska Trip Archives

(6/7 in a nutshell)
Rockin’! (and a little bitta Rollin’!) 3 “Rocks” and a “Roll” make up the 4@4 this week, followed by the return of the GotchaSKAvered as originally intended… a different cover tune every month, with a month’s worth of versions! Backing up into the “Voov”, Sherwood B. Funn brought you the Ifukube/Sato tribute he wanted to last week, but… oh, well! The 4th “Rock” actually turns up in the “Ooh” four songs past a brand-new Mutant Frogs demo bumper, which itself gets repeated in Hour 3… now we just gotta put the finishing touches on the thing, and bingo! Y’all got an early version anyway… it’ll be “rare” some day.

6/14 in a nutshell…

Ooh, it’s a global ’60s Blue Beat ‘n’ Ska Invasion, with upstrokes all the way from South Africa to Germany to the Caribbean, the UK and the US! Meanwhile, in the Voov out around Sherwood’s Planet, Hal Blaine trips out, Shiina Ringo gets crazy in Shibuya, Ken Nordine knows the story (believe me, he knows lots of ‘em), and Sauter & Finegan introduce us to a chanting weed! In the 4@4, Mutant Frogs go to Greenhenge (wherever that is), GotchaSKAvered airs the first of 2 Jazz Jamaica versions of Confucious (the next being the expanded big band version), and Tokyo Ska trombone terror Masahiko Kitahara introduces us to a Hungry Beast (from Walkin’TSPO’s latest). Giuliano Palma offers up a timely, potent lament on the State Of The Nation after a showing of “Rocky” down at the Lions Club. Oops… Gotta Fly Now!

6/21 in a nutshell…
Paul McCartney recently hit big 7-0 (even bigger than big 6-4!) ;^) and we saluted him in the “Ooh” with a little help (not “HELP!”… Ringo Ska ain’t “Oldies” yet, give the lads some time) from Ernest Ranglin and The Skatalites, in that order. We bumpered a new remaster of our own “Greenhenge” and an advance demo of “Vibe Steady”, aired some choice ska by Byron Lee & the Dragonaires (coming to town, minus the late, great Mr. Lee_ see Announcements) and docked with the Voovie Doo Lounge. There, Sherwood B. Funn took over by back-to-backing Shiina Ringo and Sun Ra’a Arkestra (btw, we believe we’ve found the Tokyo Ska connection… an early Ra composition called “Paradise”, on Sound of Joy, to which the legendary Japanese ska titans replied decades later by naming a cd release Arkestra …we think that’s the story in a nutshell… we could be wrong!) Now back to the bigger nutshell… Ska on the Jazz Side made up the 4@4, and surprisingly enough, we were brought up short (???!!!) and had to throw a Froggie in there to actually make four! We’d have used Jazz Jamaica All Stars’ “Confucious”, but we were saving that for GotchaSKAvered. We’ll reprise “Ska on the Jazz Side” when we can roll it for most of an hour! If you’ve been staying up with us all the way to The End in recent weeks, you may have noticed The Night Sky Turning Blue before the show’s over. We capitalize that thanks in no small part to Buford O’Sullivan, whose song “The Night Sky’s Turning Blue” is magnified by the dawn beginning to break in the eastern sky in the late spring/early summer. Enjoy it while it lasts, complete with Buford’s fine song for a soundtrack. The Night Sky doesn’t Turn Blue on my watch the whole summer long, after all…

6/28 in a nutshell…

Swinging for joy while searching for weapons, kiddy-o! The “Ooh” kicks things off in high style this week with Count Ossie, the Soul Bros. and the Muskyteers (backed by Lee Perry’s Upsetters!) before rollin’ into a little rocksteady. We bumpered a somewhat more fleshed-out Vibe Steady (Demo 2) which is currently the version we think we’ll release. The 2Tone era took over the last half of the hour before Mr. Funn got into some more early Sun Ra. Perez Prado, Henry Mancini, Perrey/Kingsley and more could also by heard wafting out of the Zero-G’s speakers while in orbit around Sherwood’s Planet. Back aboard the Rocket Ship, Cozy & the Cap’n picked 4-in-a-row that each clocked in under 2 minutes, and GotchaSKAvered brought Josh Roseman in to finish off Don Drummond’s Confucious for the month.Giuliano Palma came from Russia with love, Muscovites Cabernet Deneuve went to the moon, and Tim Armstrong and Skye Sweetnam swung into action while the night sky began to turn blue. And hey, if you just gotta be somebody’s baby, how ‘bout those Pepper Pots! Mmmmmmmm…