Sunday, February 22, 2015

~Spontaneous Sunday Sounds~


Transmission 2015

There's nothing quite like the thrill of turning on the mic, hearing the roaring silence (until you say something) and seeing the On The Air light shinning brightly during a radio show. This morning, I just hit record and had fun roaming through the RFW Archives. The result is an all-live affair including The Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, XTC in the studio with (Captain) Ken Shelton on the late-great WBCN in Boston, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, Magazine and Eric Clapton!

T2015 is a 1:05:53 mb 320k mp3 made live to be listened to loud! 

"we're glad you did it here"

RFW

*The photo above is the top of the equipment rack in RFW with Pee Wee, my gifted Peace Sign from Jamaica (thanks PDW) and the original On The Air light from the legendary KOME studios at 1265 Winchester Blvd. in San Jose, CA (if cheap paneling could talk)! And yes, the retro-chic ancient electronics are a CD player and a double cassette deck!

**Due to the different sources of these live selections, the sound quality and EQ differs from song to song. Adjust your settings accordingly!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Reverse To Proceed


Transmissions 1915

A Backward Progression Suite includes Yes, Cartoon, Genesis, Van der Graaf Generator and King Crimson.

T1915 is a 1:03:03 144mb 320k mp3 made loud to be played louder!

"stepping one beyond your show"

RFW

Friday, February 20, 2015

~Reach Out Of The Darkness~


Transmission 1815

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you the following RFW Special in glorious color. Right on to Pearl Jam, AC~DC, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Crosby/Stills/Nash & Young, Tom Waits, Led Zeppelin, The Black Angels, The Black Keys, The Black Crowes, Curtis Mayfield, Javon Johnson, Syl Johnson and The Last Poets! 

T1815 is a 1:15:30 173mb 320k mp3 made proud to be listened to with pride! 

"something's holding me back"

RFW

*The powerful and, unfortunately, very relevant spoken message heard in the final set was Javon Johnson performing "Cuz He's Black" at the National Poetry Slam held in Boston, MA in 2013!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

~The Ties That Bind~


Transmission 1715

There's nothing shady about our Valentine's Day celebration of S&M R&R! Submit to the dominance of Blue Oyster Cult, The Tubes, X-Ray Specs, Louise Huebner, GG Allen All-Stars, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Guns 'n' Roses, Dino/Desi & Billy, Public Image Limited, Tom Lehrer, Danko Jones, Edith Nylon, The Velvet Underground, The Soft Pink Truth and Soft Cell.

T1715 is a 1:04:59 148mb 320k mp3 made loud to be listened to louder!

"been tied up so long, there's no escape"

RFW


Monday, February 09, 2015

~And The Winner Is - Not Invited~


RFW SPEAKS!

I have a deep respect for musicians and producers and their gift to create, compose and perform but the Grammy Awards show does not even attempt to reflect the wide-range of talent available. It is a TV show that is after maximum ratings and revenue. 

Here are a few comments about last night's show, which I watched like a gruesome train wreck:

AC~DC was product placement - no doubt they payed to play. 

As much as I love Beatle Paul - he has been trying to penetrate the urban market for decades with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and now West. Guess what Mr. M - it is not going to happen - you are too vanilla. Kanye wants pop credibility - to these ears you aren't what you think you are - don't quit your rap day-job. He tried to take the stage upon the Beck LP of the Year win (very surprising - but deserving?), and was critical to the press that Beyonce should have won. He should have been arrested and be banned from every Grammy Awards in the future...the way the lead guitarist for the Snivelling Shits would be if in a parallel universe they were invited to the party and he broke the rules. 

Jeff Lynne doing an old ELO song was fun, but nothing more than a bone to the upper-demo caucasian non-existent viewer and nothing more. 

It's all so disposable. There is not one song that anyone will remember next year, except for Cheek To Cheek and that was written by Irving Berlin in 1935! 

I should know better....we live in an American Idol / The Voice world and I'm a Gong Show kind of' guy. George Gobel once asked " did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you are a pair of brown shoes"?

In all fairness, Annie Lennox's voice is a force of nature. Beyonce doing the gospel hymn was really good - a saving grace, she is a genuine talent. Legend and Common killed it too - they saved the best for last - strings and a chorus - Glory!

There are great records being released every day, month and year - but you will never hear them on prime-time corporate radio and TV - there's no $ and that trumps good music every time!

RFW

Sunday, February 08, 2015

~Let It Snow x 3~



Transmission 1615

As the New England area of the US prepares for yet another snow storm, you're invited to warm your bones by the fire and enjoy this Winter Celebration with Roy Wood's Wizzard, Dean Martin, Bunnygrunt, Francoise Hardy, Beck, Annie Lennox, Sting, Fleet Foxes, Teenage Fanclub, If, Pixies, Phish, The Bees, Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson and Wendy Carlos!

T1615 is a 1:20:02 183mb 320k mp3 made loud to be played louder!

"and now it's winter, Winter In America"

RFW

*The pictures above display the inspiring view from the RFW Studio in beautiful but cold Vermont taken on this Sunday morning as Wendy Carlos' synths howl during our coda. Click on them for a better look!



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