11/15 in a nutshell…

Let’s work this thing outward from the middle (Sherwood’s Planet) this week, just because… you just know it’s a Town Without Pitney when you’re hearing Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass do Gene’s famous song, kicking off a whole string of tunes with “town” somewhere in the title, followed up by a batch of tracks with actual names of towns (Atchison, Topeka, Santa Fe, New York, Calcutta, etc.) in their titles! The psychedelically percussive Hal Blaine’s November selection is “Wiggy”, and YMCK’s “Kira Kira” is delightfully frantic. Back in the “Ooh”, speaking of frantic, how ‘bout The Angels’ hypercaffeinated “Jamaica Joe” for openers? Perhaps a couple of Dr. Don Drummond’s “Dew Drops” will mellow things out… Skipping over into The Home Stretch, GotchaSKAvered is conspicuous by its absence this week (two Monkey Men next week, we promise!) and the 5@5:05 had its 2nd consecutive single-label feature… 5 cuts culled from a series of v.a. releases on the SKANK label, reissued by Dojo. Long-term Ska fans might remember these: Licensed to Ska, Ska for Ska’s Sake, and 10 Commandments of Ska. The 10 were expanded to 15 for the cd reissue, and the cd reissues are what we brought. Earlier in the Stretch, Moon Hop did not cover David Bowie; instead they wrote their very own “Under Pressure”, and it sounds mighty fine to us here at the RSST. ‘Til next time, Tune In… and Stay Tuned! More on that next week!

Cuba dominates the first hour of Global Beat – then we go to the Mideast, upon hearing of Israel’s attack on the Gaza.

Wilbur Cole joined the show today to talk about his upcoming 21st Anniversary show with the Soul Mates. Wilbur talked about the “branches” of the Soul Mates, which are spin-off bands that have formed over the years. All members of those bands will return on Saturday, November 17th to help celebrate the 21 years of connection, and especially spiritual connection, that has happened since the the band’s inception in the 1980’s. The spin-off bands also represent the line-up for the Anniversary show taking place at the Narrows on November 17th, 2012, 7:00pm.

7:30pm The Spiritual Trio…..WSC
8:30pm Filet O’Soul…the Johnny O’Keefe Trio
9:30pm Willie Walker Band featuring Wilbur Cole and former members of the Bound Band
10:30pm The Soul Mates with Wilbur Cole

And LadyJ Griot…appearing as Emcee…..see you at the Narrows, in Navarre Mn….. Saturday, November 17th 7:00pm showtime

Vicky Mountain came by to talk about an upcoming show with Maryann Sullivan in which the two take on the songs of Anita O’Day and Blossom Dearie. Also talked with Katherine Bergman of Zeitgeist’s New Music Cabaret Series. Got in songs by Reggie Quinerly, Wes Montgomery, and the Atlantis Quartet, among others. This weeks 45rpm song was Smooth Sailing, by Arnett Cobb, from 1959.

Tonight’s program features a super set of Henry Mancini, a salute to Tom Jones, songs about Nightmares, songs about Pineapple Pirates, a song about a burnt hand – I kid you not – and something from an album with the craziest title of all time: “Make Mine Cha Cha Cha… Mambo for Me, Oooh! That Merengue…!

11/8 in a nutshell…

The “Ooh” managed to include an accidentally-programmed four consecutive tunes with “ska” in the title, sandwiched between Roland Alphonso’s “If I Were a Bell” and Kingston All Stars’ “Happy Hunter”. Later, a couple of Lost Decade pre-2Tone tracks managed to work their way into the mix, leading into English Beat’s “Jeanette”. By the time we got to Sherwood’s, Mr. Funn had Azie Lawrence cued up, with Owen Bradley on deck, and a first-name-only known as Charlie waiting in the wings, with a cute-sounding Japanese King-label 45 called “Hawaii Cha Cha” cribbed from YouTube some years back. From there, it’s disappeared… and I currently can’t find it anywhere on the internet, other than my own playlists! Anybody out there know more about this guy? capt2much @ yahoo . com would love to find out! Also in the mix: surfing Finns Rocket Motors’ salute to Neil Armstrong, and a Shiina Ringo number that absolutely belongs on a killer James Bond soundtrack. When, oh, when will the Broccoli franchise discover this supernova? Now, the Home Stretch… including Toots Hibbert with No Doubt collaborating on Monkey Man, five 45s on the Ska Beat label, and The Slackers covering The Beatles, among other fine things, such as The Pepper Pots and Little Tempo, baby! Tune In… and Stay Tuned!

Shake & Bake host Tony Paul stops by to brew up his own stylin’ mix on Global Beat today.