The RSST Nutshell - 1/29 15
RSST as a weekly four-hour tour debuted in September. Starting and ending with traditional, 2-tone and modern ska and rocksteady, sandwiching an hr.20min. of space-age lounge, latin jazz, higher-AND-lower-than-fi exotica, moog-o-phonic-a-delia, extremely jazzy ska/lounge and more of all eras in the middle. Due to Sherwood's Planet, Vershuub, having fallen through a wormhole, a naturally-occuring teleport engine, and having emerged in a location with ESO 593-IG 008 (a cosmic 3-way intergalactic traffic accident resembling "Tinkerbell") vividly taking up a good chunk of night ska, er, sky, the planet's rotation on its axis has been mysteriously altered to 1 day = 32 (Earth-standard) hours, or 1 &1/3rd days, resulting in Sherwood's Planet, the radio show-within-a-show, adding 20mn. to its run-time to reflect the fact that 1hr. Vershuubi time = 1 1/3rd hr. Earth time. The rest of RSST will accomodate, as follows:
The "Ooh": 2:a.m. - 3:20a.m.
The "Voov": 3:20a.m. - 4:40a.m.
And the rest (The "Home Stretch"): 4:40a.m. - 6:a.m.
The 4(+?)@4 now mutates into the 5(+?)@5:05.
Hr. 1: The "Ooh" (pronounced "oooooh!") The Opening Oldies Hour, consisting of classic Jamaican ska and rocksteady (Skatalites, Cavaliers, Wailing Wailers, Desmond Dekker, plus some international surprises from around the globe), 2Tone (both the label _and_ the era, so think Specials, Selecter, Bad Manners, as well as '80s ska one-offs by The Lambrettas, (Donatella) Rettore, Yellow Magic Orchestra(!) etc... and Ska's Lost Decade (roughly '68-'78), peppered with rare mid-'70s ska by names like Zap Pow, Skatalites founder Tommy McCook, Haruomi Hosono ("Ska Beguine" anyone?) and others!
Hr. 2: Sherwood's Planet... a.k.a. "The Voov" ...short for the "Voovie Doo Lounge", middle-hour alter-ego host Sherwood B. Funn's orbital party palace famous galaxy-wide (at least in the hyperactive imaginings of Mr. Funn) for orbiting the aforementioned "Planet", and also for spinning space-age trop/pop, exotic jazz, moog-o-phonic-a-delia and the like, by everyone from Duke Ellington to Les Baxter, Cal Tjader to Arthur Lyman, Combustible Edison to Tipsy, Senor Coconut to Perrey/Kingsley, Shiina Ringo to Yasutaka Nakata... and that's just lopping the tip off the iceberg!
Hr. 3: The Home Stretch... this feature-packed hour:20 includes the GotchaSKAvered Ska Cover-of-the-Month Club at 4:40, the 5:05 5(+?)-in-a-row and a local-to-global ska selection encompassing The Prizefighters, The Dropsteppers, Umbrella Bed, The Slackers, The Pinstripes, Westbound Train, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Cabernet Deneuve, Jazz Jamaica All Stars... mixed in with a stray musical wild-card here and there... and you get bumpers by RSST's very own Mutant Frogs (and Carr/McWheele Orch.) throughout the whole show... 2 Much for 3 Hours, so we've gone to 4!
And don't forget, if you miss the show, listen anytime on the internet... all KFAI-originated shows are archived online for 2 weeks_ sometimes more!