Sunday, January 20, 2019

Transmission 919 - Cold-Blooded

9 on an 10 scale!

The Doors
Ian Hunter
The Lounge Lizards
Robyn Hitchcock
The Flying Lizards
Daddy Lizard
King Crimson

"The lizard is your friend and will be to the very end of time"


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Transmission 819 - Night Falls

We pick it up!

The Eyes
Peter Dayton
Simon &  Garfunkle
David Bowie
Jef Lee Johnson
The Byrds
The Beatles
Steven Wilson
Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog
Simple Minds
Radical Dance Faction
The Stranglers

"there's something happening,
but you don't know what it is"


Friday, January 18, 2019

Transmission 719 - (No Less Than) The Eternal Struggle Of Existence


Tin Machine
Black Sabbath
Faith No More
Death From Above 1979
Todd Rundgren
Trans Am

"you only love me for my machine"


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Transmission 619 - Old Records

Older Roommates


Roxy Music
The Rolling Stones
The Doors


Grateful Dead
Blue Oyster Cult
Blood, Sweat & Tears


Jeff Beck
Led Zeppelin
Jimi Hendrix

Humble Pie

I don't want to buy it,
I just want to rent it for a minute or two"


"On February 1st, 1974, I moved out of my parents house and into the top floor of a 4th story walk-up rent-controlled apartment in East Boston (similar to the one pictured above) with two of my oldest and dearest friends Tony Leonti and Vincent (Dr. Boom Baa) Moretti. Then and now, we always have a great time playing records together in the Archives. Our individual picks are listed by the selector and are not in running order.
These guys are the most obvious and guilty
of all the Usual Suspects and I'll stop loving them when they
grow the fuck up!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Transmission 519 - B Movies and B Sides

Low Budget - High Times

David Bowie
Bernie Worrell
Lee Dowell
Pizzicato 5
Iggy Pop
Red River Dave
Cult Hero
Bo Diddley
Thee Headcoates
Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation

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"try to get it on like once before"


* Many thanks and a large buttered popcorn (to split) go out to my pals Pedro, The Man
and both Cheech & Chong (still in the trunk) for a fun night out.

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** Find Something Weird Greatest Hits by our friends at Modern Harmonic, who have outdone themselves with this new collection of cult-film excerpts and music. Highly recommended!

Something Weird Greatest Hits! (Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Mono) album cover

Friday, January 11, 2019

Transmission 419 - Feeling Blue

Colorful, not sad.

Plastic Ono Band
B.B. King & Bobby "Blue" Bland
Savoy Brown
Blue Oyster Cult
Midnight Oil
Was (Not Was)
The Shocking Blue
The Blue Van
Massive Attack
Comets On Fire


"lay off of my shoes"


Sunday, January 06, 2019

Transmission 319 - Wot

Is That!

David Lynch
The Cactus Blossoms
Mississippi Fred McDowell
Oneness Of Juju
Henry Threadgill 
John Zorn
Pink Floyd
Pete Townshend
The Eric Burdon Band

"Crank up that radio, 
let me tell y'all a story"


Saturday, January 05, 2019

Transmission 219 - You Too?

New Rules

Little Richard
Tony Joe White
Iggy Pop 
Dwight Twilley
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
The Beatles
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Red Guitars
Nils Lofgren
Roxy Music
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

"I'm hopin' obviously
that someday the answer will be 
the girl can't help it if she's in love with me"


Friday, January 04, 2019

Transmission 119 - Going Back

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To where I started!

Box Of Frogs
Boyd Rice
The Raconteurs
Julian Cope
The Doors
David Bowie
LCD Soundsystem
Love & Rockets
Eddie Hazel
The Politicians

"free your funky mind"


*The sound-collage coda was Blame The Media by Project Data Control and can be found on The Droplift Project compilation CD, released in July, 2000, which was "droplifted" or reverse shoplifted into chain music stores allowing the artist's work to appear next to "legitimate" releases.

You can find it here at the wonderful Free Music Archives site!

**"...No form of government has yet been discovered by which cruelty can be wholly prevented. Subordination supposes power on the one part, and subjection on the other, and if power be in the hands of men, it will sometimes be abused. The vigilance of the supreme magistrate may do much, but much will still remain undone. He can never know all the crimes that are committed, and can seldom punish all that he knows."

Dialogue by the character Imlac in the novel Rasselas written by Samuel Johnson in the year 1759, when he was fifty years of age.

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Transmission 11618 - One, Two, Three

Let's make this count!

Harry Nilsson
Pink Floyd
Stevie Salas
Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart
John Zorn
Dwight Twilley Band
King Crimson
The Cure

"it's easy"


*The by-the-numbers coda included the trio of
Len Barry
1910 Fruitgum Company
The Olivia Tremor Control

Friday, December 28, 2018

Transmission 11518 - Have No Fear

We are courageous!

Brian Eno 
Jo Tongo
David Bowie
Porcupine Tree
Pink Floyd
Black Merlin
The Future Sound Of London
Luke Haines
Black Joe Lewis
Muddy Waters
Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Led Zeppelin

What do they got, that I ain't got?"


*The iconic character of the Cowardly Lion and the featured excerpt were portrayed and performed by Bert Lehr in the 1939 Academy Award winning motion picture The Wizard Of Oz.

**The Hostess Twinkies ad, created by the legendary Raymond Scott, can be found on Manhattan Research Inc., a two-CD compilation of Scott's work from the 1950s and 1960s for film soundtracks, commercials, and his own technical and musical experiments. The synthesizers, sequencers, and drum-machines used were all designed and constructed by this pioneer of electronic sounds!

***The amazing live Led Zeppelin track was recorded October 10, 1969 at The Olympia, Paris, and remastered by Jimmy Page for inclusion of the entire show on the
Deluxe Edition of their debut!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Transmission 11418 - Winter Sol

It's here - again!

Teenage Fanclub
The Apples In Stereo
Francois Hardy
Simon & Garfunkel
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson
Joni Mitchell
Jethro Tull
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Crack The Sky

"hear the angels join the choir
let them take the music higher "


Friday, December 21, 2018

The 2018 RFW Christmas Companion

Death may be your Santa Claus!
(listen closely for clues)

Elvis Costello & The Chieftains
The Monkees
The Smithereens
Bitty Griptite
August Darnell
Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass
Scott Weiland
John Zorn & The Dreamers
Eric Clapton
The Psycho Daisies
Old 97's
Johnny Rabb
Dies Irie
Robert Fripp & Sinead O'Connor

"All I want is you for Christmas"


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* A Gift Of Murder was The Shadow radio series' annual Christmas show, originally broadcast 71 years ago tonight on December 21, 1947, by the Mutual Broadcast System.
I could feel the connection, albeit long distance!

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From this vantage, Christmas is under siege. The attack not being aimed at the holiday itself, but the very morals the stories of Jesus and Santa inspire. Our particular battles in 2018 might appear different than those in 1947 or when John and Yoko wished the world Happy Christmas in 1971,
but the message and answer remain consistent.

 War Is Over
If We Want It

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I send Holiday Love from mine to yours and
thank You for being part of the
RFW Family!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Transmission 11318 - The Modern World

It's not so bad?!

The Modern Lovers
The Rolling Stones
The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
The Bugs
Pete Shelley
Alice Cooper
City Boy
Hawkwind featuring Eric Clapton
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers
Mose Allison
The Who

"share the Modern Wold with me"


Sunday, December 16, 2018

Transmission 11218 - UFO

Underground Freak Out

C.J. & Co.
The Dwarfs Of East Agouza
Omar Rodriguez Lopez & Damo Sazuki
Acid Mother's Temple  & The Melting Paraiso (UFO)
Outrageous Cherry

"nowhere to run"


* The coda is new music from the always great
Outrageous Cherry off the 2018 release meet You In The Shadows.

Outrageous Cherry

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Transmission 11118 - Dream

~ Lucid yet fantastical ~

The Moody Blues
Algamas Tragard
John Medeski
Adrian Belew
Phil Manzanera/801
The Future Sound Of London
Godley & Creme
Jon Hassell

"Climb to tranquility
Finding its real worth
Conceiving the heavens
Florishing on earth"


*The uncredited coda by Jon Hassell
 was Dream Theory from the 1981 release 
 Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two.


Sunday, December 09, 2018

Transmission 11018 - An Exhibition of Pictures

Artie Shaw

Act 1
A Heart Shattered Like Glass

Electric Light Orchestra
Phillip Glass
Mahavishnu Orchestra

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Act II
Fading Memories

The Residents
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Ground Zero
Claude Debussy

Benny Goodman

"listen to this fine sound"


*The scratchy narration of this RFW orchestral operatic opus was provided by Bandon deWilde sampled from the 1961 Vox Records release by Benjamin Britten - Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. Thanks to Mystery Train Records in Gloucester, MA for their inspiration and free album case!

**The titular pictures are homemade.

 A Heart Shattered Like Glass, taken by yours truly, was the untouched scene of a freak wind-storm that destroyed our patio set. The random sadness I felt from the visual compelled me to snap the shot.

Fading Memories by Tracy gives the viewer a sense of the passage of time in a still. 

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Transmission 10918 - Help. I'm On Fire

Cause I'm smokin', baby!

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
Sister Irene O'Connor
Ohio Players
Marilyn Manson
Nine Inch Nails
Primal Sream
Joy Division
Orchestral Manouevers In The Dark
The Band
The Donkeys
The Bees
Skid Row

"got me burning"


Friday, December 07, 2018

Transmission 10818 - More Highs Than Lows

Another woofer in tweeter's clothing!

Richie Havens
Leon Russell
Tom Waits
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Babe Ruth
Janis Joplin
Jefferson Airplane
Annie Lennox
Be Bop Deluxe
Dave Pike Set

"High, High, High"


*An unexpected low arrived post-production with the news of Pete Shelley's passing. He was a favorite here at RFW and he'll live on in the archives.

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As a tribute, the mysterious Shloyd The Barber has constructed
Echoes Of Sky Yen.

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Bye, Pete - thanks for all!

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Transmission 10718 - Far-Out Far-East

Pure Japanese Jam

Yellow Magic Orchestra
Ryuichi Sakamoto  
Haruomi Hosono
David Sylvian
Yukihiro Takahashi
Masashi Kitamora & PHONOGENIX


"My world is suffering
Your world is suffering
Our world is suffering
World Citizen"


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*We featured  The Final Autumn In Asia...Psychic Document for 1982 from the wonderfully rare and amazing Prologue For Post-Modern Music, the only lp by Masashi Kitamura, a Japanese musician, editor, and music critic. The founding member of the bands YBO², Canis Lupus and Differance, Masashi passed in June, 2006. Find this vinyl!

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Transmission 10618 - Dusk 2 Dawn

Are you up on this?

Tito & Tarantulas
Senior Coconut & His Orchestra
Terrence Trent D'Arby
Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Isley Brothers
The Black Keys
The Flys
Babe Ruth
David Bowie
The Trade Winds
Naked City
Be Bop Deluxe
Steve Hillage


"Guard your folks and get your daughter
The sexy motherfucker's so fine I could drink her bathwater"


Friday, November 30, 2018

Transmission 10518 - Moondust and Other Things

This chaos is killing me!

David Bowie
Smashing Pumpkins
Patti Smith Group
Brian Eno
Iggy Pop
Lou Reed
John Cale
Marilyn Manson
Alice Cooper 
The Beatles
Gorillaz remixed by Hot Chip

"it's confusing these days"


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Transmission 10418 - Night Flight

Fly like a bird.

Roy Buchanan
Tones On Tail
Bee Gees
Steve Hogarth & Larry Fast
Chris Squire
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Dwight Twilley Band
Bonnie Raitt
Eric Clapton
The Beatles
Elf Power
Mahavishnu Orchestra

"tell me that you've heard every sound there is"


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Transmission 10318 - MTRR

Look out!

Jerry Lee Lewis
Mott The Hoople
Paul McCartney
David Gilmour with David Bowie
Richard Thompson
Ron Wood
The Rolling Stones
Buick MacKane

"let me tell you what it's all about"


* The image above is a still from Modern Times a classic 1936 film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin. More relevant now, than ever before .

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Transmission 10218 - Is It?

I'll say it again.

John Lennon Plastic Ono Band
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Jon Hassell
Stevie Vai
Roger Waters
Tin Machine
David Torn
Jethro Tull
David Sylvian & Robert Fripp
John Klemmer
Bob Dylan
Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart
Stevie Salas
Amon Düül II 

"the dream is over"


*Our lengthy coda was the title cut of the krautrock classic Phallus Dei by Amon Düül II.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Transmission 10118 - Blow Out

A sound all of it's own.

The Move
Cheap Trick
Golden Earring
Velvet Crush
The Shazam
The Who
Andy Summers & Robert Fripp
Heaven 17
Peter Hammill
Pete Shelley
Shit & Shine
Brass Construction

"you can never come down"


Friday, November 16, 2018

Transmission 10018 - Full Circle

You Know 
The Way

Jon Butcher
Emmylou Harris
Neil Young
Jack Bruce & Robin Trower
Peter Hammill
Pink Floyd
Djam Karet
King Crimson

"back to the beginning"


*I first met Jon Butcher at WBCN in Boston in 1975, when he was a member of 
Johanna Wild (you were a foot taller, Jon).

 Our careers, lives and friendship have traveled across the country, evolving thru the decades and we now find ourselves in New England happily immersed in what we love - back at the beginning - almost!


See Jon live when he plays your local music hall and check out the new EP 

**I added the lone McPhee lp (1971) to the archives and featured 
their cover of Richie P. Havens' Indian Rope Man.

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The original single was included on the great 1983 lp (1969) - a stone-cold groove!

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