February 2014 Rocket Ship Ska Trip Archives

2/6/2014 Rocket Ship Ska Trip

2/6 in a nutshell…

To do the RSST on the very day of the birthdays of Bob Marley, Derrick Harriott and Yasutaka Nakata is the stuff of dreams for this crew, and it happens on the order of once every 7 years, so I’m pleased as punch despite the occasional technical glitchery (Deck 3 spontaneously freezing up mid-track, etc.) and other distractions. In addition to Bob, Rita Marley also found her way into the mix, and Derrick Morgan got playlist space in close proximity to Mr. Harriott. Harmonica ace Roy Richards rode The Wailers’ “Let Him Go” riddim with a tune called “Green Collie,” in addition to singing Bobby Darin’s “Dream Lover.” As we’ve noted here before, Green Collie’s not a dog… Sherwood got in an extended salute to Mr. Nakata featuring tracks by many of the numerous artists Nakata’s worked with/produced over the years, including Capsule (of whom he’s also a performing member), copter4016882, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Perfume. Incidentally, yes he produces MEG as well, but he did NOT produce “Wear I Am,” the title track of her album of the same name. That was the work of Miura Koshi, whose stuff we really need to find more of, as the higglety-pigglety all-over-the-mapness of that track is something we love around here! Turns out he records for Ryuichi (YMO) Sakamoto’s Commmons label, among others. So how did “Autumn Leaves” figure into the set? After all, autumn did just that (leave) way back in December… that’s just what it does… but the real reason was that at 6:30, Shiina Ringo’s cover of the famous French tune was just the right length to take us back aboard the Ska Ship for the Home Stretch at 4:40. We commenced the Stretch with a Lollipop all the way from Spain, by Los Antifaces (The Masks), called “Mi Chico Bombon”, which as i type this up, I’ve just learned is on a compilation called Skanish Sounnd – Jamaican-Influenced Music from Spain 1964-1972, on the Vampi Soul label. Back in the day, “Bombon” was the leadoff track on a 4-song 7” which also had “Dulce Guillermo” (Sweet William) on it. The GotchaSKAvered Ska Cover-of-the-Month Club selection for February is “Exodus”, this week done up by Bad Manners. Ska Goes Jazz on the 5@5:05, and elecro-swingers Caravan Palace are making a return trip to the Cedar Cultural Center (Sat. 4/5), and this time I ain’t missin’ it for the world. We played their “Maniac” (not whatshisname’s) in the Stretch while Sherwood got in “Star Scat” and “Suzy.” Congrats are in order for Melbourne Ska Orchestra, who were awarded Album Of The Year in a Reggae Steady Ska webzine poll. Cool ‘zine, as I’ve found out! I’m gonna wrap-up this write-up and read some more of it… so ‘til next time, tune in and stay tuned!

2/13/2014 Rocket Ship Ska Trip

2/13 in a nutshell…

This week’s “Ooh” goes out to Angie and The Nighthawk in a continuation of their V-Day “Love Stinks” shenanigans. Classic ska titles like Delroy Wilson’s “Tear Us Apart,” Rita Marley’s “You Lied,” Ken Boothe’s “You’re No Good” and Mamie Perry’s “Lament” are the tips of the iceberg, we’re sure you’ll agree. We even chucked in a good ol’ silly love song just for kicks… but not the one by Sir Paul! Next, drown your troubles in the doubles (and even a pair of triples) poured by Sherwood in the Voovie Doo, in orbit around his Planet. You’ll be carried away to the tropics of your imagination by Arthur Lyman, David Rose, The Islanders and more… and about those triples: you can overdose yourself on George Russell’s “Chromatic Universe,” parts 1, 2, and 3… and then cross the Yello “Swing” bridge over to the Mort Garson hat-trick! Garson himself performs “Symphony for a Spider Plant,” followed up by Terry Gibbs vibing his way through Garson’s hit “Our Day Will Come,” and finishing up with a live-in-concert Shiina Ringo (had to work her into this mix somehow), singing with Tokyo Jihen in what we call the “N… H… K…?” version of Garson’s “Dynamite.” The Home Stretch gave us Lulu (or should we say “Our Girl Lulupop?”) singing… oh, you know what she sang! “Exodus,” the movie theme and the GotchaSKAvered Ska Cover-of-the-Month selection for February, was done up by Jazz Jamaica from their Double Barrel release, and five more non-2Tone-affiliated UK artists made up the 5@5:05. Perfect excuse for us to dredge up The Dualers’ winter-weather advisory “Jack Frost” again… we love that thing around here, especially when we know the degrees are about to drop like flies into stupid-below-zero territory… and we’ve been pounded by a lot of that this winter! So will “Jack Frost” get played again next week? Tune in, and stay tuned.

2/20/2014 Rocket Ship Ska Trip

2/20 in a nutshell…

It’s “Ska-Re-Mi” as the Ooh salutes Ernest Ranglin to kick off the show, with a 4-song set that culminates in Horace Forbes (backed by Ernie and crew) singing “Gentle On My Mind.” Skatalites sequel the Soul Bros. version Wings of a Dove into “On the Town,” and we take back-to-back “Sea Cruises” with Jackie Edwards and original singer Frankie Ford. Prince Buster turns in a fine, funky 1972 take of “Al Capone,” and Otis Gayle will “Be Around.” When we say hello to Sherwood’s world (and welcome to it, by the way) we paradoxically enough hear Serani Poji bidding a Sweet Strawberry goodbye, Modern Jazz Quartet welcoming a visitor apiece from Mars and Venus, and we have a pair of jazzy, laid-back tunes by the often hypercaffienated Macdonald Duck Eclair. Later, Philly legends MFSB lay on the “TLC.” Want actual proof? Herbie Hancock’s got it! We also hear from Capsule, Fred Katz and Artie Shaw before it’s Home Stretch time. Once there, Tamara Saric delivers the Lilihip, er, Lollipop, it’s The Sideburns with “Exodus” (part one, btw) and in the 5@5:05, Japan Takes Ska into Space… which, after all, is where it’s lived ever since Tommy McCook named a certain band The Skatalites. Tune in, and stay tuned!

2/27/2014 Rocket Ship Ska Trip

2/27 in a nutshell…

Lotsa ska and rocksteady oldies made their “Ooh” debut this week. Including tunes by Desmond Tucker (not Dekker), King Rocky (not Sporty), Andy & Lloydie (not Andy & Joey) plus… a second Studio 1 take of Lord Creator’s “Evening News” (actually, for all I know, it might’ve been the first Studio 1 take!) Anyhoo, we compared the endings of the two on-air… listen for the completely different piano splashes that end each take… ‘nuff said! Sherwood got about five songs into his set when it hit him that all five were on RCA Victor, including two by Henry Mancini from Breakfast at Tiffany’s… so he ran with the ball and devoted a fair chunk of his air this week to an extended all-RCA set that included Dick Schory, the Three Suns, the Sauter/Finegan Orchestra and Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, among others. The Home Stretch put February, and the Lollipop-of-the-Week, to bed with something we just recently found… Yvonne Prenosilova’s “Lollipop” (“Mne Se Libi Bob”), but not the nearly-halved just-over-a-minute vidclip edit we’ve played before, but the full 1:57 song as Bob intended. Then The Sideburns follow up last week’s “Exodus” with an Exo-Dub, and there’s a 5@5:05 from across the Atlantic… Spain, to be exact, and wait’ll you hear Barcelona’s Sybarites skank their way through “Lady Marmalade” …morphing it into “Oye Como Va” before they finish! Before the show wraps up, we hear Runa Miyoshida put her Ska Flavor touch on John Denver’s “Country Roads” (which song you also heard during Sherwood’s Planet, played by the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu-produced Zaki) and another Spanish outfit, Dr. Calypso, play ska with Patrick Hernandez’s old disco tune “Born to Be Alive.” Next week, the first Ska Trip of March… which means calendar-album time again on Sherwood’s Planet! That, plus lotsa ska and more, when you tune in… and stay tuned!