3/24 in a nutshell…
Gina, Gina… he’s just a ski instructor! But of course, it did snow a little, even if the storm was a wee bit overhyped in the TC area, where we’ve occasionally seen worse as late as Tax Day. In any case, the Kid Creole song all about Gina (and the aforementioned ski instructor) earned its rightful place in this late-March playlist, in a first hour jampacked with the likes of Ken Boothe (3/22/48 – c.), Lee Perry (3/20/36 – c.) as well as locals Umbrella Bed, The Prizefighters and Jon Wayne The Pain.
Sherwood gave us double-shots of Jack Fascinato and Ahmad Jamal, plus numerous other goodies. The 4(+1)@4 was tunes from outside Jamaica that sound like they just may have been influenced by ska, however tenuously (although it works the other way in the case of Sea Cruise, cut in the late ’50s before Ska’s early ’60s birth… ) and Rico traveled all the way to Japan to give us this week’s GotchaSKAvered (Monkey Man), a collab with Ore Ska Band.
Yesterday’s Revolution: The Minneapolis 78rpm Record Scene
Produced by Todd Melby
Lots of folks are into vinyl these days. Some people are even making mix tapes again. But if you really want to embrace obscure, seemingly dead media, there’s no better way to do it than to buy 78 rpm records. This documentary takes listeners inside the rarefied world of 78 record enthusiasts, including Greg Carr, former KFAI “Dig Out the Roots” DJ, and Scott Holthus, owner of Vintage Music Company in Minneapolis. Holthus owns hundreds of thousands of 78 records and he refurbishes the machines that plays them.
Played a bunch of music by the great Pinetop Perkins, who passed away yesterday at the age of 97.
New releases include Ha Ha Tonka, Hot Tuna, Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers, Mason Porter, and Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis featuring Norah Jones.
We also had a phone interview with Paul Metsa. Paul, Angie and I are putting together a benefit show for Japanese Earthquake relief. It’ll be happing Monday and Tuesday, March 28 and 29 at Rudolph’s BBQ in Minneapolis.
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