it’s a long, long way from May to December
but the days grow short when you reach September

Episode #404 – Attention passengers: Liberty Finch and DJ Izzy of the Pop Shop host this week’s Jet Set Planet. Do not be alarmed.

5/2/13 in a nutshell…

We noticed The Night Sky Turning Blue during the Home Stretch, and we broke out our favorite Buford O’Sullivan song, which will have greater longevity on this year’s playlists due to the extra hour we didn’t have at this time last year. The 5(+1)@5:05 was strictly East Coast-themed, and opened with Boston greats The Void Union and Bim Skala Bim, and also included New York legends The Toasters. Margherita’s “Tu Sei Pallido”, one of two Italian “Lollipops” in our possession (the other being the feisty Rita Pavone’s), comes from a record whose overly long title misidentifies the geographical origin-point of “Ska” (U.S.A. according to the 45 sleeve… ), but nevertheless isn’t actually a bad version of the song. Sherwood changed his meteorological pitch up, observing the wet weather with Ken Nordine (“Looks Like It’s Going to Rain”) instead of the Soil & “Pimp”/Shiina Ringo collab usually heard here when we’re “feelin’ a change in the air”. Ringo still mentioned rain, though… it turns up in her “Suberidai”, which we heard just before Walter Wanderley launched into “Song of the Jet”. May’s “calendar album” tracks were Emil Richards’ “Emerald” and “Flower Society” by the psychedelically percussive Hal Blaine. The “Ooh” spun ska oldies mostly Jamaican, but also from Mexico (Toño Quirazco), South Africa (Soweto Stokvel Septette), the US (Lester Lanin) and the UK (Colonel Elliott & the Lunatics). Tune in… and stay tuned!

Middle eastern sounds from Simon Shaheen & Yasmin Levy lead into a couple Turkish tunes. After that you can catch some West African styles on this Global tour.

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Preempted by a Jazz Concert at the Walker. Will be back in the saddle on May 10.