Angie Pykonen sat in with me again. Music by Mink Deville, Lemmie with Johnny Ramone and Slim Jim Phantom, Spider John Koerner, Tailgators, Chris Rea, Garland Jeffreys, Lindi Ortega, Sallie Ford, Jorma Kaukonen, Guitar Gable, and much more.
What fun winding up 2015 and getting ready for a new year in the Echo Chamber! Tons of great dub & reggae as usual, and some holiday tunes for the year-end party — including 3 versions of “Auld Lang Syne”. As has been our custom over the last few years, we kicked off the program with Ghetto Priest’s excellent “Auld Lang Syne/Slave’s Lament” version of the classic song. Other fine holiday material from the likes of Redtenbacher’s Funkestra, J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, Colossus, Jacob Miller & Ray I, Yellowman, and Tsuyoshi Kawakami. But tonight’s show wasn’t all about looking back, as we aired brand new tunes from DJ Vadim & Sena, Misa West, Alpha Steppa, Dos Pesos, HabooDubee (aka Polaak), Chyna Nicole, and Groove Armada. In the second half of the show, DJ Baby Swiss marked the departure of The Specials’ powerhouse drummer John Bradbury for that great “Ghost Town” in the sky, kicking off a wide-ranging set rncompassing the circa-2015 and red-hot Selecter (“Breakdown”), brand-spankin’ new Pannonia Allstars (“Star Wars Imperial Reggae”), classic old Bad Manners (“Echo Gone Wrong”) and of course The Upsetters’ “Na Na Hey Hey” to close things out.
Todays show was a blast to the past in honor of the coming New Year 2016. I played music from the late 60's and 1970's to remind us of what we wanted for the world way back then. We have gotten a little side-tracked. Today's music was to remind us "hippies" that we SAID we wanted to heal the world. Instead we are just repeating the mistakes of the past, evident in the lyrics from the 1970's that talk about war, police violence and poverty.