Music for Bass

We hunt and peck through the back alley garage sales, we hit the antique malls out on the lonesome highways, we push past the perfume bottle collections of your local Estate Sales, and we slink through the wet and creepy basements of your local record stores – always on the look out for one dollar “super sounds.”

Tonight’s super sounds include tunes from the Baja Marimba Band, from the OTHER Ray Davies, from Skip Martin’s Video All-Stars, and from Gunsmoke’s Festus.

London Calling…and a little Jamaica 50/Olympic squad pride

Ooh, let’s Do The Jellyfish! The guy we like to call “Ska-daka” just for that song kicks off a set of ’60s ska and bluebeat originating outside Jamaica, and featuring tracks found on a series of 7” EPs called “Doin’ the Popcorn Ska” (listed in italic) that currently stretches to 5 volumes. Also, a short 2Tone-era set features 2 cuts from a new 5-disc English Beat “Complete” box_ an extended remix and a John Peel session number. Oh, and we’ve still got some unfinished “Moon” business, to boot! Oh, and Sherwood’s got a lot more… a lot more, including “Voodoo Moon”, “How High the Moon”, “The Cow Jumped Over the Moon” and “The Moon was Yellow”… really, you’ll see stars before this is over! The 4@4 are connected by the fact that none of them has anything to do with outer space… and they’re all Beatles covers. The July GotchaSKAvered selection wraps up with the title track from The Skatalites’ Island/Jamaica Jazz release “Ball of Fire”, and the home stretch includes a ska version of “Lost In Space”. DANGER, Will Robinson! DANGER!!!

Minnesota Blues Icon Big Walter Smith passed away this Tuesday. This show includes a tribute to him and his music.

Pianist Jeremy Siskind came by, along with vocalist Nancy Harms and sax player Lucas Pino. They are touring in support of Finger-Songwriter, Siskind’s new CD. During our interview I played three cuts from the CD. I also played music by Carmen Intorre Jr., Cory Wong, Body Omara, the Jazz Soul Seven, and the 45 of the week: Canadian Sunset by Gene Ammons.