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Episode #387 – The on-hold music of tomorrow – TODAY!

1/3 in a nutshell…

Starting the Home Stretch, GotchaSKAvered reinaugurated the Lollipop-of-the-Week in high style, going back to the beginning_ Barbie Gaye’s 1956 original recording of “My boy Lollypop”, 8 years before Millie Small had a global smash with it. As you can hear, the backing band on Barbie’s version laid down the very rhythmic foundation of what would become Bluebeat and early Ska: shuffled drums, a driving 4/4 walk on the upright bass, and relentlessly clipped 8th-note upstrokes on rhythm guitar, doubled by the piano_ a true ska (pre-) history lesson. Watch this spot! We’ve got enough Lollipops to fill up an entire year, and we’re gonna follow through… ‘cuz it is, after all, the most-recorded cover song in the history of ska. GotchaSKAvered, indeed! The 5@5:05 gave us 5 Japanese ska bands we only learned of in the past week, including Skylarking, Cubetone and JJ Session. Leading up to The End are a tune each from Tune In and Stay Tuned (not in that order!), and, believe it or not, Jimi Hendrix and Adele_ ska-remixed by Bost & Bim for Pirates Records. Sherwood, meanwhile, has been picking up on how sometimes a vinyl record sounds as cool at the “wrong” speed as it does at the “right” one, and occasionally, a “Wrong-Speed Special” will be aired during Sherwood’s Planet. Tommy Dorsey, featuring his trombone guy Warren Covington, cut a Decca 45 of “Satan Takes a Holiday”, and it gets wrong-speeded this week. “Freaky (January)” is the psychedelically percussive Hal Blaine’s track-of-the-month, and a well-rounded selection of ska oldies from the ’60s to the ’80s, including a few Lost Decade tracks of the ’70s, made the “Ooh” a true hop-skip-and-jump affair. Tune In… and Stay Tuned!

Covering highlights of 2012 thru the rear view mirror… releases, concerts, and more.

Today was my 19th anniversary of being on the air at KFAI. Thank you all for making these years fun and fantastic. Today’s play list features music and musicians that have become my favorites over the last 19 years. No way is this list complete……I only had two hours and could only get 22 songs in….so this is only a reflection of blues so full bodied..that you can squeeze ‘em.

Used the last show of the year to review a few CDs from area musicians, including Fuzzy Math, Parker Paisley, Chris Bates’ Red5, Jana Nyberg, Jeremy Siskind featuring Nancy Harms, and Larry McDonough. Also played music from Jeanne Arland Peterson, Christine Rosholt, Koplant No, and Pat Mallinger. The 45 of the week was Theme for an Electric Surfboard, by Jack McDuff.

Facing East: The music of John Coltrane – Jose James

Getting fed to a Tiger sounds pretty good when performed by the Markko Polo Adventurers