10/14 in a nutshell…
The post-Skatalites Soul Bros. featured heavily (3 45s!) in the opening oldies set, and we threw some Soul Cats in there as well.
From Skannibal Party 7 (the only volume of that series we’ve got down here) we had Mpls. locals The Prizefighters and Japanese ska powerhouse Skaff-Links. Sherwood had a boatload of deep album cuts this week, and followed those up with more weird old instro 45s he had on hand, and weird’s just how we like ‘em! The 4(+2)@4 was a 6-track salute to Chuch Wren and his Jump Up! ska/rocksteady/reggae mailorder empire outa Chi-town, including After Hours and Stingers ATX, both actually on Jump Up! Records. NEWLOLLIPOP this week! Well, not exactly, really an old ’60s-era Lollipop we’ve never heard before this week_ Los Antifaces with Mi Chico Bombon. And there’s still more Lolli hiding out there in the deep, dark recesses of You Tube waiting to be discovered by the RSST… stay tuned!
Honky-tonking the blues…special guest co-host Sweet Mama J stopped by to interview Stacie Collins…female harmonica player coming to town to appear at Lee’s Liquor Lounge with Jason the Scorchers Thursday October 14th.
Nicola Miller stopped by to preview her new CD and talk about her upcoming CD release party at the Artists Quarter. I also played music by Charles Kynard, Miles Davis, Big Joe Turner, Sun Ra, Jelly Roll Morton, and Duke Ellington, as well as new music from The Clayton Brothers, Dan Block, and Joe Magnarelli. Don’t forget the Mingus Moment, featuring An Open Letter to the Duke.
10/7 in a nutshell…
A Skatalites-centric oldies set led into a hop-skip-jump between the 2Tone era and the 21st century (from The Selecter to Umbrella Bed, in other words) winding up with the 2Tech ska groove of Perfume (who don’t do much ska, but when they do they have lotsa fun) just before we went Transkalactic. Sherwood was neck-deep in 45s again, spinning li’l licorice pizzas by everybody from The Islanders to Pete Rugolo to Hank Marr. Blue Beat was the theme of the 4(+1), and Millie’s Smash-hit cover of an old Barbie Gaye record was the Lollipop Of The Week. Smash, Philips, Island… take your pick. Whichever label you find it on, it’ll be… Smashing!