9/2 in a nutshell… The highlight of the oldies set was a salute to 2Tone, with deep tracks, hits and alternate takes alike, from The Selecter to The Specials to the producer of their debut album, Elvis Costello (but on Columbia, which issued Human Touch on the Get Happy! LP). Sherweird inserted a delightfully bizarre Kev Hopper track into his set, and spiced the rest of the hour up with exotic vibraphones, Latin big bands, (Shiina) Ringo-nalia and jazzy Godzilla composer Masaru Sato. Back on the bridge of the Rocket Ship, the 4@4 dealt with Love In Trouble, the ever-brave Brave Combo gave us a Lolli-Pol-Ska, and Jennifer Davis of St. Petersburg Ska-Jazz Review was Too Good To Be True. What can I say? She’s cool like dat. So’s the weather these days. Are you feelin’ a change in the air? Brrrrrr! OK, I exaggerate…
Finnish-American mandolinist and tango guru Ralph Tutilla joins us in studio with his musical picks. Part two is the regular headphone section of outstanding selections both ethereal and visceral. We close with new classical music from Mats Eden…..his String Quartet Number One featuring the Cikada Quartet.
Thanks again to Ron & Jean of the show formerly known as Radio Rumpus Room for filling in for me last week. Today, Angie Pykonen from KFAI’s In Your Ear sat in with me. We previewed the upcoming Freehweelin’ 1st Friday show at the 331 with some songs by the 99’ers and some of Zippy Caplan’s groups including the Surf Dawgs, The Litter, and White Lightning.
New releases included new one’s from Leon Russell & Elton John, Rick Holmstrom with Juke Logan and Stephen Hodges, Keller & The Keels, The Surf Dawgs, and The 99ers.
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Once again we camped out at the Dub Club Tiki Bar for the annual “Echo Beach” dog days of summer special. This is a bit different kind of Echo Chamber — as we actually played some rock ‘n roll: that twangy, instrumental surf rock (from the likes of the Ventures and the Del-Tones). Then, once the martinis were well shaken, we got into some soul and funky R&B. Things were really cookin’ and the Tiki Bar was heavy with kali smoke. So we cooled things down with a variety of lounge, world, and swanky jazz…and a bit of electro dub.