Friday, December 31, 2010


Transmission T8210

Like sands through the hourglass - these are some of  the RFW faves from the past year of our lives. Take this ride back into 2010, which includes tuneful snapshots in time from The Apples In Stereo, Broken Social Scene, Spoon, No Age, The Arcade Fire, Paul Weller, Alejandro Escovedo, The Soft Pack, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, Marc Ribot, Mavis Staples, Black Keys, Broken Bells, The New Pornographers, Black Mountain, The National, Everything Everything, Two Door Cinema Club, MGMT, Brian Eno, Salem, Tobacco, Yeasayer, Grinderman, Menomena, Faust, Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. and Wolf Gang!

T8210 is a two-part 128k mp3 made loud to be played loud!

Part 1 is 61.9mb 1:07:42 in length.
Part 2 is 62.5mb 1:08:19 in length.

"it's just a matter of time"

RFW


Monday, December 27, 2010


Transmission 8110

Disco is no longer a dirty word - in fact it's now an accepted predecessor to punk. Without bumping to the former, we might not have pogoed to the latter. Get on the floor and move to Mission Of Burma, Public Image Ltd., Funkadelic, Sweet Cream, The Tubes, the Vortex OST, Cookie Monster & Larry Levan, The Future, Tarwater, Calvin Harris and Robert Fripp & David Byrne!

T8110 is a 55.4mb 128k mp3 1:00:33 in length made loud to be played loud!

"I slipped my disco when I was dancing with you baby"

RFW


Sunday, December 26, 2010


Transmission 8010

Saint Stephen is in the opening spotlight on this Boxing Day giving us unwrapped packages full of tunes from The Grateful Dead, Mott The Hoople, Linton Kwesi Johnson, The Brains, Rob Zombie & Alice Cooper, Elvis Costello & Brian Eno, XTC and Outrageous Cherry!

T8010 is a 54.5mb128k mp3 59:29 in length made loud to be played loud!

"Saint Stephen will remain, all he's lost he shall regain"

RFW

* Saint Stephen, "a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 6:6), was one of the Church's first seven deacons. He was appointed by the leaders of the Church to distribute food and other necessities to the poor in the growing Christian community in Jerusalem, thereby giving the apostles more time for their public ministry of proclamation (Acts 6:2-5).


 

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Transmission 7910

This show was the soundtrack to my Christmas Morning dreams, so so I re-gift Santa's musical present and pass along the joy of Return To Forever, Krakatau, Autonomous Zone, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Terje Rypdal. Happy Jingles!

T7910 is a 60.9mb 128k mp3 1:06:34 in length made loud to be played loud!

"fish and chips"

RFW

*The picture is of the Great Eastern Hotel on Liverpool Street in London.


Friday, December 24, 2010


Transmission 7810

How cool is today's show(?) - Steve McQueen cool - enough said(?). Enjoy David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Faust, Love And Rockets, Dennis Brown, Joe Cocker, Prefab Sprout, Red Guitars, Radiohead, Primus, Swamp Dogg and Buddy Miles Express!

T7810 is a 60.7mb 128k mp3 1:06:20 in length made loud to be played loud!

"if you steal, be Robin Hood"

RFW

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Transmission 7710

An aquatic set, a brain tickler and a triple bill are all included inside. Commune with John Lennon, The Beach Boys, The Who, The Isley Brothers, Little Richard, King Curtis, Jimi Hendrix, Family, The Nice and Ten Years After!

T7710 is a 56.8 mb 128k mp3 1:02:04 in length made loud to be played loud!

"cool, clear water"

RFW

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Transmission 7610

Juicy Strawberry inspired music from The Anderson Council, The Apples In Stereo, Shuggie Otis, Asobi Seksu, Akira Sakata, Boyce & Hart, Tiny Tim, Mike McGear and Don Ellis. Delicious!

T7610 is a 56.2mb 128k mp3 1:01:25 in length made loud to be played loud!

"the music plays, I sit in for a few"

RFW


Transmission 7510

Born Donald Glen Vliet on January 15, 1941, the good Captain Beefheart "shuffle(d) off this mortal coil" on December 17, 2010.  We pay our respect and play his records on RFW!

T7510 is a 54.3mb 128k mp3 59.24 in length made loud to be played loud!

"you can make a sad song happy and bad world good"

RFW

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Transmission 7410

A tradition at the RFW Blog since the 30s, let's spike the eggnog and turn on to Christmas in The Wohlman Archives 2010. Included are gifts from Man Or Astroman, Dwight Twilley, Johnny Rab, Paul Simon, Spectrum, The Fleshtones, Homer & Jethro, Rudolph And Gang, Cheap Trick, The Vipers, International Language, Patsy Raye & The Beatniks, Pearl Bailey, Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee, Roger Christian, National Lampoon, Guster, The Len Price 3, Satan's Cheerleaders, The Mono Men, Death Cab For Cutie, Electric Jungle, Riff Ruffin, Toots & The Maytals, Johnny & Jon and Black On White Affair. Peace on earth and goodwill towards men - what a concept!

T7410 is a 73.9mb 128k mp3 1:20:47 in length made loud to be played loud!

"soon you'll hear ho-ho-ho"

RFW

*Little Jack Frost, Get Lost was performed by Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee!


 ** One of the best/worst - enjoy this condensed version of Santa Claus Conquers The Martians - let it load first to avoid the buffering pauses!

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Transmission 7310

The names found in the classic 52 - Girls are the source of inspiration for this moniker music session which features The B-52s, Human Sexual Response, Urban Verbs, The Byrds, Robert Plant, J. B. Lenoir, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Fleetwood Mac, Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indian Band, Melvins, Alex Harvey, Golden Earring, The Move, The Gods, The Troggs and Procol Harum.

T7310 is a 61.5mb 128k mp3 1:07:13 in length made loud to be played loud!

"these are the girls of the USA"

RFW

* The label above is from the original version of 52 - Girls which was released in 1978 as the B-Side of Rock Lobster. Although it is equally exquisite, I decided to play the lp version for sonic and subjective reasons.
 

Sunday, December 05, 2010


Transmission 7210

The paralyzing sounds running around in your brain are courtesy of Funkadelic, Nicklebag, The Temptations, Prince Far I, Dillinger, The Observers, Bo Diddley, Janis Joplin, Erma Franklin, The Chantells, The Rolling Stones, Blind Willie Johnson, Junior Wells, Graham Parker, Ted Nugent and Gang Of Four!

T7210 is a 59.1mb 128k mp3 1:04:34 in length made loud to be played loud!

"but all I could do is stand there Paralyzed"

RFW

Saturday, December 04, 2010


Transmission 7110

Impeccable - The Chairman of the Board is one of the many inspirations for this cool and kooky edition of RFW that blends the formidable talents of Wire, Shinki Chen, John Lee Hooker, Lungfish, Bonnie "Prince" Billy & Tortoise, The Jeff Beck Group, Frank Sinatra, Nina Hagen, Stevie Wonder, Rick James, Prince, Brian Sands, Mushroom and Paul McCartney & Wings!

T7110 is a 65.3mb 128k mp3 1:11:22 in length made loud to be played loud!

"an abuse you town, until your'e down town"

RFW


* You know the drill, to avoid the rebuffering delays - hit play and pause to allow the video to load - then enjoy Rick  James - bitch. Thanks to Dave, Charlie and Rick - very funny stuff!


Sunday, November 28, 2010



Transmission 7010

Pygmy inspired jams, wine influenced raves and an assorted selection of opening appetizers all contribute to our show du jour. Dance to the rhythm of The Monkees, The La's, The Dead Weather, The Tubeway Army, Faith No More, Uganda featuring Akira Ishikawa and Count Buffaloes, Booker T. & The MGs, The Isley Brothers, James Luther Dickinson, U2 and Howlin' Rain!

T7010 is a 59.8mb 128k mp3 1:0519 in length made loud to be played loud!

"the small becomes all becomes all"

RFW

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Transmission 6910

Using a thread of continuity, I sew together a fine pastiche including Black Sabbath, Butthole Surfers, 1000 Homo DJs, Nine Inch Nails, Queen, The Wolfmen, Brian Eno & The Winkies, Little Willie John, The Beatles, Smokey Robinson, Japan, Steve Jansen & Yukihiro Takahashi and YMO!

T16910 is a 59mb 128k mp3 1:04:27 in length made loud to be played loud!

"put acid in your drain"

RFW

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Transmission 6810

I am thankful to be alive, for my family and friends (including you) and I am thankful for the music! Feast on William Bell & Mavis Staples, Otis Redding, Massive Attack, Janet Jackson/Sly & The Family Stone, The Apples In Stereo, Kaiser Chiefs, Cornelius, Small Faces, The James Gang, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Harry Nilsson, Catapilla, Mighty Voices Of Wonder and Groundhogs. I think I'll try a piece of the dark meat!

T168 is a 56.9mb 128k mp3 1:02:10 in length made loud to be played loud!

"You didn't have to love me like you did, but you did, but you did"

RFW

Monday, November 22, 2010


Transmission 6710

The following is a test of the RFW Experimental Broadcasting System. Stare unblinkingly at the center of this image and get lost in the sounds of Stump, Vagtazo Halottkemek, Electric Masada, The Nels Cline Singers and Percy Howard/Charles Hayward/Fred Frith & Bill Laswell. This is only a test!

T6710 is a 56.1mb 128k mp3 1:01:23 in length made loud to be played!

"had this been an actual experiment ...and that's when I woke up"

RFW


Sunday, November 21, 2010


Transmission 6610

Not only do we whip it, we whip it real good with lively lashes from Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention, Adam & The Ants, The Vibrators, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Devo, Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass, The Ethiopians, Funk Inc. and The Allman Brothers Band.

T6610 is a 59.2mb 128k mp3 1:04:45 in length made loud to be played loud!

"C'mon Punky - get funky"

RFW



 

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Transmission 6510

We go out with what we came in with - Zero! Go full-circle with The Human League, The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Ground Zero, Gong, Kim Fowley, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Sonny Boy Williamson, Bettye LaVette, Joan As Police Woman, The Wildhearts, Clouds and Motorpsycho!

T6510 is a 55.6 mb 128k mp3 1:00:47 in length made loud to be played loud!

"everything means less than zero"

RFW

Friday, November 19, 2010


Transmission 6410

A flurry of flautists give the start of our opus a magical sound, followed by a foursome of past favourites and concluding with furious freak outs from Japan.  Experience Antonio Vivaldi, Caravan, Herbie Mann, Jethro Tull, Marmalade, The Tremloes, Franki Valli & The Four Seasons, Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention, Kawabata Makoto & The Mothers Of Invasion and Atsushi Tsuyama!

T6410 is a 62.7mb 128k mp3 1:08:03 in length made loud to be played loud!

"I dig you"

RFW

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Transmission 6310

The Skipper and his little buddy attempted to reach RFW, but with only coconuts to power the Professor's makeshift computer, the blues set in. Let's head back to the island with Spider John Koerner, Robert Wilkins, Eric Clapton, Elton John & Leon Russell, Jano Varga Project, King Crimson, Herbie Hancock, Lightdreams and Agitation Free!

T6310 is a 62.3mb128k mp3 1:08:07 in length made loud to be played loud!

"I just had to go back to the island"

RFW

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Transmission 6210

Hal, the computer brain of RFW,  is plugged back in for a 2-hour + trip that ends with a race to the finish line in Argungu, Nigeria! Along the way the sounds are provided by Mott, British Lions, Joe Elliot's Down 'N' Outz, T. Rex, Spiritualized, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Roky Erickson & Okkervil River, Ron Wood, Bob Dylan, The Raconteurs, Brendan Benson, Squeeze, Paul McCartney & Wings, The Rockets, Crazy Horse, Buffalo Spingfield, The Dave Clarke 5, Neil Merryweather/John Richardson/Boers, Spirit, Cymande, Augustus "Gussie" Clarke, Fela Kuti, Suzi Quatro, Bruce Springsteen and Baker-Gurvitz Army.

T6210 is 2-part 128k mp3 made loud to be played loud!

Part 1 is 55.7mb and 1:00:50 in length.

Part 2 is 60.5 mb and 1:06:10 in length.

"he kept his tiger black, white and red"

RFW



Sunday, November 07, 2010


Transmission 6110

With our collective head in the clouds, let's follow a path that leads us to cLOUDDEAD, Cloudland Canyon, Piano Magic, Plat Du Jour, Air, Sketch Show, Exploding Star Orchestra, Method Of Defiance and Mushroom!

T6110 is a 57.3mb 128k mp3 1:02:37 in length made loud to be played loud!

"I can't hold the sun"

RFW

Saturday, November 06, 2010


Transmission 6010

The theory of de-evolution has never had a stronger argument than our "socially networking" population crouching alone indulging our computer fetish with reckless abandon. I'm as guilty as the rest of you, so rather than hypoctritically fighting it, I embrace our new solitary self-confinement. But remember that a certain group of spud-boys did try to warn us back in the 70's. Succumb to the magnetic musical charms of Devo, Salem, Sula Bassana, The Clash, The Jam, Ray Davies, Funkadelic, Robin Trower and Golden Earring.

T6010 is a 63.3mb 128k mp3 1:09:09 in length made loud to be played loud!

"suburban robots that monitor reality"

RFW



Sunday, October 31, 2010


Transmission 5910

Under the lingering effect of Poppies, we take a musical trip with The Teardrop Explodes, The MGM Studio Orchestra, The World Of Oz, Jade, Robert Fripp with Daryl Hall, Black Mountain, The Bees, Baby Woodrose, David Bowie, Andy Mackay, Portastatic, Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry and Phil Manzanera's 801. "Sleeeeep. Now they'll sleeeeep"!

T5910 is a 57.5mb 128k mp3 1:02:49 in length made loud to be played loud!

"everything pauses in the night"

RFW

Saturday, October 30, 2010





Transmission 5810

Three new members of the All-Star Dead Band are given the tribute they deserve. RFW celebrates the lives and music of Gregory Isaacs, Marion Brown and Solomon Burke!

T5810 is a 55.8mb 128k mp3 1:00:58 in length made loud to be played loud!

"Don't Give Up On Me"

RFW

Friday, October 29, 2010


Transmission 5710

These scary stories and spooky songs will give your Halloween party that special RFW edge.  Boo to the beat of The Munsters, Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt Kickers, Boris Karloff, BB&A, Jeff Beck, Buckethead, Nine Inch Nails, Alice Cooper, Q65, Slaughter & The Dogs and Steve Hackett!

T5710 is a 55.4mb 128k mp3 1:00:34 in length made loud to be played loud!

"are you one of the frightened?"

RFW







Friday, October 22, 2010


Transmission 5610

By the time this RFW Transmission is posted, I will have already undergone nasal surgery. Knowing I would not be in show-shape so soon after the procedure, I produced a proboscis themed show in advance to alleviate my pre-operation anxiety. This group of musicians is nothing to sneeze at - Johnny Young, Allen Orange, Savoy Brown, Richard Thompson, The Soft Machine, Rats, The Sights, Martin Mull, N.E.R.D., Flying Lotus, Vampire Rodents and Antediluvian Rocking Horse. Can you smell where I'm comin' from?

T5610 is a 57.3mb 128k mp3 1:02:39 in advance made loud to be played loud.

"no sense crying over noses"

RFW



Saturday, October 16, 2010


Transmission 5510

C'mon - let's go space truckin'.  Blast-off and tune-in to an astronautical mission through the solar system starting at the sun and working our way out - far out! Along the way we are powered by the sounds of Caribou, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, John Coltrane, Marc Ribot, King Crimson, Alan Vega, Wicked Minds, Jimi Hendrix and Adelbert Von Deyen.

T5510 is a 67.5mb128k mp3 1:13:43 in length made loud to be played loud!

"singing about getting ready for the new tide ...The Valleys of Neptune is arising"

RFW

Saturday, October 09, 2010


Transmission 5410

He was the eggman, a Quarryman, the dreamweaver, a Beatle, a reborn husband and father and the reluctant hero of  generations. He was killed while starting over - but he never did fade away. He would have been 70 years old today. Our walrus set includes the interview that set the record straight. Put your arms in the air for John Lennon and say goo goo ga joob!

T5410 is a 63.2mb 128k mp3 1:09:06 in length made loud to be played loud!

"the sky is blue"

RFW

* For an earlier celebration of John's life and music - go back to  RFW Hal 4 - It's Johnny's Birthday which was first trasmitted on October 10, 2006.

** Although it featured John on lead vocal, "In Spite of All The Danger" by The Quarrymen is the only McCartney-Harrison composition known to have been released.

Sunday, October 03, 2010


Transmission 5310

We find order in disorders with diagnostic ditties from King Goblin, Black Sabbath, City Boy, Caroline Loeb, Strange Parcels, Ohio Players, Glen Phillips, Brain Donor and Robert Fripp!

T5310 is a 54.4mb 128k mp3 59:31 in length made loud to be played loud!

"no man's an island"

RFW

Saturday, October 02, 2010


Transmission 5210

Put your lips together and blow along to these whistling wonders by Ennio Morricone, Andrew Bird, The Fratellis, Earle Hagen, Louis Armstrong, Otis Redding, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Gabriel & Massive Attack, Focus, Brother Bones & His Shadows, Jean Pierre Massiera & Bernard Torelli, Tom Waits, Bernard Herrman, John Lennon, Roxy Music and Monty Python!

T5210 is a 57mb 128k mp3 1:02:19 in length made loud to be played loud!

"whistling tunes we piss on the goons in the jungle"

RFW




Sunday, September 26, 2010


Transmission 5110

The RFW 2010 release pile was getting mighty high, so we sampled a few of the newer sounds from Grinderman, Alejandro Escovedo, Robert Plant, Yuka Honda, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, Fistful Of Mercy, James McCartney, Neil Young, The Hives, Danko Jones, Nice Nice, Tortoise, Maximum Balloon, Almamegretta and Trent Rezner & Artticus Ross!

T5110 is a 58.1mb 128k mp3 1:03:33 in length made loud to be played loud!

"I'm allot like you were"

RFW

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Transmission 5010

Welcome to the Hotel RFW - where the rates are cheap, the elevator is broken and the bed bugs are free of charge! Check-in and enjoy the entertaiment in the lounge courtesy of Haruomi Hosono & Tadinori Yokoo, 10cc, Procol Harum, Wilco, The Black Crowes, Serge Gainsbourg, Arti & Mestieri, The Kinks and White Stripes. Room Service - are you serious?

T501 is a 58.4mb 128k mp3 1:03:51 in length made loud to be played loud!

"all they got inside is vacancy"

RFW


Wednesday, September 22, 2010


RFW Speaks!

Behind The Lead Curtain Volume 3


It was 4 years ago this week that I finally started a journey that I had unconsciously planned for my entire adult life. Although I have thoroughly enjoyed each phase of my radio career, I always knew there was something bigger, better and more satisfying ahead - both for myself and my listeners. I use the word unconsciously because even in my wildest imagination, I could not have foreseen the shape of things to come.

To mark this auspicious occasion, I thought I would define for you what Radio Free Wohlman is by design and what purpose it serves to me as it's parent, the musicians it features and you the RFW Family.

During my years as a radio broadcaster, the shows I hosted were always a reflection of my personality and musical taste. But they were governed by the format of the station itself. In my mind's ear, I heard a show that had no formatic limitations. One that did not discriminate against genre, gender, color or age. I knew that there was an audience that would understand and enjoy the back-to-back placement of songs that were diametrically opposed to each other. A world where the most obscure one-hit-wonder bands were on a level playing field with the most popular acts in history and where a smooth segue could live harmoniously with a juxtaposition of sounds. My belief was that a theme, a string of continuity or utter randomness could be dictated by one common denominator - my love of the music. Thus the name Radio Free Wohlman - the transmissions of Dave Wohlman free from the confines of traditional radio!

I have said many times that if I did not have the ability to do the show and present it in a physical form, I would be doing it in my head anyway. Music is in my DNA, my heart and my soul. It gives me unmeasurable pleasure to create a show from idea to finished product. I have already posted over 675 hours and currently have over 100 transmissions planned and waiting in the wings to be recorded. The concepts come faster than my ability to produce them. But that is part of the satisfaction of Radio Free Wohlman - I have fun - it keeps me sane - it makes me happy - it is an extension of who I am.

I am an avid collector of music, a dedicated lover of music and the people who make this music are my heroes, my friends and my inspiration. I dedicate RFW to them and hope to turn you on to artists you might not have heard before or have forgotten with the passing of time.

Finally, my terrestrial radio programs were always limited by the strength of the station's signal and heard only by the listeners in it's range. I always dreamed of having a world-wide system of distribution. It is now a reality. Minutes after finishing a transmission, I see it being listened to in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, across the USA and around the world. The fact that you, the RFW Family, give me your ears, your attention and that you "get it" - is the icing on the cake!

I thank you for your loyalty, the musicians for their talent and my family (Pam, Curtis & Derek) for their support and patience (I spend many hours every day in The Wohlman Archives doing my thing and they are my biggest fans).

I love you all!

Dave RFW

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Transmission 4910

Behind The Lead Curtain Volume 2


The next 4th Anniversary special answers another frequently asked qustion - "what is the background music/audio collage that is heard behind all the breaks on RFW?". The answer is Psychedelia - A Musical Light Show by The Mesmerizing Eye. This 1967 release on Smash Records was produced by Larry Goldberg and Hank Levine and is more a one-shot acid-exploitation effort than a legitimate band release. After experimenting with many different sounds and styles, this hit the nail on the proverbial head and has been a RFW mainstay for several years. I thought it would be extra-groovy to play it for you without me talking over it for once!

In between the sides of our feature presentation, we take a Journey To The Centre of The Eye - a classic slab of early 70s prog from Nektar. They were an English band based in Germany who created some of the era's most memorable sounds. I was lucky enough to catch them live in Septemebr of 1974 at the Academy Of Music in New York during their first US tour.

Eye hope you enjoy the show!

T4910 is a 62.6mb 128k mp3 1:08:26 in length made loud to be played loud!

"although my eyes are gently weeping, I know my world is coming to an end"

RFW

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