4/18/13 in a nutshell…

This week, let’s fast-forward to the Home Stretch. 2 weeks ago, due to the lack of a 5@5:05, we promised skassengers a 5×2@5:05 the following week, which we didn’t actually deliver last week. So this week, we decided that the whole Home Stretch (except for the Mutant Frogs bumpers and, of course, of course, “The End”) would be Japanese ska, or as we like to say around here, “Skapanese”, including the J-Lollipop unwrapped by Mie Nakao, whose version of “My Boy” manages to liberally reference that other Lollipop, the one by The Chordettes. In a then-future century, an outfit called The Dreamlets would do likewise, but this week we spun their “Nina”, inspired as we were by Sherwood B. Funn’s unplanned airing of Nina Hagen’s delightful “Flying Saucers”. Another Home Stretch highlight: a hat-trick of Runa Miyoshida goodies, one each from her first three Ska Flavor albums, albeit not in numerical order. But back to Sherwood… Imagine Herbie Hancock’s vocoderized voice scatting along with Grappelli and Reinhardt over spaciously chilled trip-hop beatz, and you’ve pretty much got the gist of “Star Scat”, a truly hallounginogenic confection from electro-swingers Caravan Palace. Don’t worry, you’re just hearing things… and I’m spinnin’em! While in Sherwood’s orbit, Shiina Ringo gave us a current weather report (“Rain’s a-comin’ down, rain’s a-comin’ deaaownn…”) while Weather Report gave us Wayne Shorter’s “When It Was Now”. Seriously, as I type this up, rain’s still a-comin’ deeaaoowwnnnn… let’s make it fly back up as we reverse the flow of time and back up into the “Ooh”… what a well-rounded selection of fine old ska goodies we have here, ranging from Clue J. to Stranger & Patsy, from The Dragonaires to The Upsetters. No real theme except, “Ooh, I like this one… and this one… and hold on, we haven’t heard that in a while!” Y’know… wingin’ it. Tune in… and stay tuned!

2 interviews today…one with Rochester Minnesota blues diva Annie Mack…..who stopped by the show to talk about her newest CD project due out in May 2013.
Annie and her band are also 2013 contenders for the Road to Memphis IBC competition. I also had an interview with Reverand Raven who is coming to the Twin Cities to play at the Minnesota Music Cafe on Friday night April 19th.

River See opens at The Pillsbury House tonight & runs through Sunday April 21st. http://pillsburyhouseandtheatre.org/river-see-april-11-21/
Set on a juking boat, with blueswomen, queers, deviants, and seers, River See is the prayer before the Great Migration. Using Black American rural southern tradition and an aesthetic steeped in jazz, River See brings people together to witness and create.This production features Sonja Parks and includes some of the Twin Cities most exciting multi-disciplinary performers: Aimee Bryant, Mankwe Ndosi, Leah Nelson, Kenna Cottman, and Truth Maze. Creator Sharon Bridgforth also appears onstage as she choreographs the words, sounds, movement, and singing live in front of the audience.
River See explores blues stories as living arrangements of jazz. The text serves as the score and structure for the improvisational process that births the performance.Through this process, occurring during the event between performers and audience, we become responsible to one another in the art of creating a piece about Love.

Episode #401 – Carol Chaos joins to ask for cash – The Spring Pledge Drive Part 2!

4/11 in a nutshell…

Kicking off this week’s “Ooh” in memory of Annette Funicello (10/22/42 – 4/8/13), the onetime Mouseketeer who introduced ska to the beaches of California (covering the very same song with which Byron Lee introduced it to New York City). Annette sings Lee’s “Jamaica Ska” twice… once in 1964, and once in 1987, the latter version backed by none other than Fishbone, as heard in the movie “Back to the Beach”. Also reprised is the steel drum version by West Side Symphony Steel Orchestra. Sherwood gets around to April’s “calendar album” tracks, the psychedelically percussive Hal Blaine’s “Hallucinations” and the equally trippy Emil Richards’ “Diamond”. Incidentally, Emil played on Hal’s album! Via YouTube, Mr. Funn visits Tiki Oasis 10 for a 9+min. “Quiet Village” jammed out (loud), birdcalls and all, by the Martini Kings. Listen for a nicely atmospheric transition into Shiina Ringo’s “Poltergeist”. In the Home Stretch, Rita Pavone GotusSKAvered with “Tu Sei Pallido”, a “Lollipop” by any other name, and a spicy one to boot. 5 Mutant Froggies starting at a wee bit past 5:05, some Toots, some Justin Hinds, some TSPO and some Jimmy Cliff later leads up to the wrap-up, and another safe, smooth transition to the Merry Band of Coffeemakers brewing up and serving up your Morning Blend. Tune in… and Stay Tuned!