Ya want Mutant Frogs? Ya got ‘em! Our gift to Live from Studio 5’s Doug the Thug, titled Ska from Studio 5, leads off a 4(+1)@4 consisting mostly of tracks from the Frogs’ debut Warts ‘n’ all. The GotchaSKAllipop for 4/26 is the creation of Erikka & Margarita Brogier, from their album Koritsia tis Epohis. We’re lovin’ the Prince Fatty & the Mutant Hifi release Return of Gringo, which provided us with three of our 3rd-hour’s rockin’est cuts! If Los Straitjackets were a ska band… well, you get the picture! Sherwood B. Funn re-discovers Ken Nordine in hour 2, tossing “Looks Like It’s Going to Rain” into a wonderfully bizarre mix involving The Ventures’ (In Space, of course… ) “Fear (main title from One Step Beyond)” which we’re sure to reprise one of these weeks. The “Ooh” got caffeinated by the Mango Jones Orchestra (“Cof-feeee Streeee-eet!”) …as if The Techniques’ hyperactive “I Love You” weren’t energetic enough to do the job!
Guitarist Cory Wong came by and we talked about, and heard cuts from, his new double CD, Quartet/Quintet. I also played new music from Tony Monaco, The Jazz Soul Seven, and Esperanza Spalding, as well as older tunes from Cal Tjader, Horace Silver, Art Pepper, and the Astral Project. And of course, something from Charles Mingus.