Sunday, May 28, 2017

Transmission 4517 - What Are We Really In It For?

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A collection of trashy tunes!

The Clovers
Wreckless Eric
Wanda Jackson
The White Stripes
Major Lazer
Wu-Tang Clan
Neneh Cherry & The Thing
Rosetta Cash
Johnny Cash
Nine Inch Nails/Aphex Twin
U2
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention


"pick up the dough and you can go"

RFW



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Transmission 4417 - Laura's Back In Town -


Love is blue.

Dale, Lucy, Waldo

Angelo Badalamenti
David Lynch
Xiu Xiu


"Here - I’m waiting here"

RFW


*Does the (Bob) always return to the scene of the crime?
Cooper is back with our favorite neighbors.
The ones across the woods in
Twin Peaks.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Transmission 4317 - Live With Attitude


Let's do it!

Derringer
Johnny Winter And
Big Brother & The Holding Company
Johnnie Johnson
Rory Gallagher
Pat Travers Band
Band Of Gypsies
Popa Chubby
Gary Clark Jr.
Led Zeppelin


"too much alcohol"

RFW

Friday, May 19, 2017

Transmission 4217 - Shuffle On Or Shuffle Off


This Is No Wake
Rock On!

Chris Cornell
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
Sweetwater
Linda Perhacs
The Ghost Of A Sabre Tooth Tiger
Spooky Tooth
Dwight Twilley
The Beatles
Nirvana
Alice In Chains
Soundgarden


"Safe outside my gilded cage
With an ounce of pain
I wield a ton of rage
Just like suicide"

RFW

*This Transmission is a celebration of the life and music of Chris Cornell,
who it appears decided to shuffle off.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Transmission 4117 - Bonjour


Voices 
Lasers
Electric Sounds 

Jean Michele Jarre


"Hello"

RFW

*Sometimes a reputation or hype can be a real negative when going to an anticipated concert. The artist's best days might be behind them and or the PR is of the store-bought variety. 

Neither was the case when Jean Michel Jarre appeared on Boston's waterfront. The marque read the "Electronica" Tour which struck me as odd since the term didn't even exist when Jarre began creating music with synths. But in keeping with his recent releases of the same name, the familiar longer multi-section pieces were punctuated with shorter more current sounding electric applications. to great affect. 

Highlights included classics such as "Oxygene", "Equinox" and the wonderful "Souvenir of China", but as expected - the lasers, lights, graphics and Jean Michel himself made the plugged-in evening an experience to remember! 

You can find the remaining tour dates here.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Transmission 4017 - Cool Whipped


Into a frenzy!

Bill Laswell & Jah Wobble
Cockney Rebel
Seventh Wave
Steve Miller
Pink Floyd
Joe Walsh
Phil Manzanara
Motorpsycho


"wonder what in this world we are going to do"

RFW

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Transmission 3917 - Beyond


Just Imaginings.

Wendy Carlos
Frank Sinatra
The Temptations
Elvis Costello
A Perfect Circle
Nine Inch Nails
Lee Hazlewood & Ann Margret
The Future Sound Of London
Yes
Sonny Boy Williamson
Frank Zappa
Beck
Blondie
Gusset
Ten Years After


"I wonder if you can"

RFW

Friday, May 12, 2017

Transmission 3817 - Can't Get


So let's have some more!

The Things
The Cramps
Nouvelle Vague
Eric Clapton
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Peter Wolf
The Monkees
Ron Haydock
Jay-Z
The Time
P.M. Dawn
Stevie Wonder
The Dream Syndicate


"I'm so glad that he let me try it again"

RFW

*My hat is off and sun glasses are on in the studio in salute to the funkafied sounds of Stevie Wonder reaching Higher Ground in the final dance-card of this shindig.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Transmission 3717 - "Time Isn't Holding Up"


"Time isn't after us".

The Yardbirds
Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin
The Zombies
The Beach Boys
The Beatles
The Rolling Stones
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
The Chambers Brothers
Achim Reichel


"hours are like diamonds, don't let them waste"

RFW

*Today's painting is a mirror image of Salvador Dali's 1931 "The Persistence Of Time" - a visual reminder that time is not always right.

** The Transmission title and blog-post intro verbiage is from Talking Heads "Once In A Lifetime".


Friday, May 05, 2017

Transmission 3617 - Por Favor, Puedo Tener Dos De Margarita


Heading South!

Cheech & Chong
Chingon
Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass
Lee Dorsey 
The Coasters
Steve Miller Band
ZZ Top
The Refreshments
Otis Tayler
Cake
James McCartney
Sammy Hagar & The Wabaritos
Droogs
The De-Vaurs
Pat Metheny


"I don't know much about Cinco de Mayo"

RFW

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Transmission 3517 - Feeling Confused?


Give up or have a ball!

The Undisputed Truth
General Echo
Fad Gadget
Motorpsycho
Schneider TM
Antony
Donovan
Neil Merryweather's Space Rangers
The Allman Brothers


"segregation, determination, demonstration, integration, 
aggravation, humiliation, obligation to our nation"

RFW


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Transmission 3417 - It's Good To Be (The) King


 Variations On A Royal Theme
ITCOTCK

Robert Fripp
Ozzy Osbourne
The Crimson Jazz Trio
21st Century Schizoid Band
King Crimson
Stardeath And White Dwarfs


"The purple piper plays his tune,
The choir softly sing;
Three lullabies in an ancient tongue,
For the Court of the Crimson King"

RFW

* The iconic cover of King Crimson's debut
was painted by Barry Godber who died  shortly after the albums release. 
The front depicts the 21st Century Schizoid Man 
while the inner-sleeve featured the Crimson King
The original painting is now owned by Robert Fripp.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Transmission 3317 - Going Up Or Down?


Both!

13th Floor Elevators
ZZ Top
DMZ
Primal Scream
Chairman Of The Board
Spritualized
Deep Purple 
Kula Shaker
Chickenfoot
Harry Nilsson
Bob Seeger
James Brown
Thurston Moore


"heading for the ceiling, I'm up off the floor"

RFW

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Transmission 3217 - Sweet Pea In Amazonia


Free as a bird!

Walter Maioli, Fred Gales & Pit Piccinelli 
Naked City
The Mothers Of Invention
Roxy Music
Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood 
Jeff Le Johnson
Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog

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"I'll take you there"

RFW

*Pictured above is our newest occupant in The Archives, Sweet Pea the Indian Ringneck parrot and the inspiration of this Transmission. 




Friday, April 21, 2017

Transmission 3117 - Tune Pimp


We charge by the beat!

Death From Above 1979
The Tubes
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Soft Machine
Shadowgraphs
XTC
MGMT
Jimi Hendrix
Pat Metheny
Gary Clark Jr.
King Biscuit Boy
Free
Aynsley Dunbar - Blue Whale


RFW

* Alan Holdsworth was the featured guitarist for Soft Machine on the 1975 release Bundles. 
He recently passed at the tender age of 70!

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*The 1974 drive-in blacktacular Willie Dynamite starred Roscoe Orman (yes, Gordon from Sesame Street!) as a sweet badass badass with a foxy stable and killer soundtrack.
Rent it soon for a few hours of pleasure  
but bring it back on time
or else!

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Transmission 3017 - Hippity Hoppin'


Let us not forget the true meaning of Easter.

Carl Stalling
The Klowns
Girls
Los Gatos Negros
The City Zu
The Magnetic Fields
The Chestefield Kings
Boss Hog
Of Montreal
Underword
Mo'Blow
The Residents
Mushroom
Luke Haines
Mr Bungle
Bill Nelson


"Quick Like A Bunny"


RFW

*The Easter coda was Sweet Dead Bunny by Bill Nelson - dedicated to my pet rabbit Whiskers
 who was eaten by my grandfather well before it's prime!


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*Peter Cottontail and Kids photo courtesy of James Botticelli.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Transmission 2917 - License & Ticket

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No excuse needed!

Roxy Music
Eno
David Bowie
Iggy Pop
The Stooges
Death In Vegas
Eurythmics
 Me'Shell NdegéOcello 
Bill Withers
JoJo Gunne
Roy Buchanan
Joe Walsh

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"I tried, but I could not find a way"

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RFW



Friday, April 14, 2017

Transmission 2817 - I Think We Can Do This


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Panic or Dance!

Angel City
Be Bop Deluxe
Red Noise
Bill Nelson
The Modern Lovers
The Sex Pistols
Stiff Little Fingers
Jeff Hudson
The Orb with Lee "Scratch" Perry
Snoop Lion
Big Brother & The Holding Co,
Joni Mtchell
Tedeschi Trucks Band

"we've got to get ourselves back to the garden"

RFW

Super Frosty


*Super Frosty by my Boston pal Jeff Hudson is available now to serve as the soundtrack of  your next ganja get-down. Find it here!


Sunday, April 09, 2017

Transmission 2717 - ...of Mice and Men


Their best-laid plans often go awry...

David Torn
Charlie Hunter Quartet
Jeff Beck
Nguyên Lê
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Jon Butcher
James Brown
Jon Madorf & Zion 80
Fela Kuti & the Africa 70


"not necessarily stoned, but beautiful"

RFW

Friday, April 07, 2017

Transmission 2617 - It's How You Play It


Sometimes, to win,
you have to get a little pie in the eye!

Wayne Montana & The Mindbenders
The Waitresses
The Rolling Stones
NRBQ
David Bowie
John Lee Hooker
Rotary Connection
Patto
Fleetwood Mac
Jimmy Page & the Black Crows
Peter Green's Splinter Group
Def Leppard
Poison
Tesla
Queen
Daft Punk
Roy Harper


"all you have to do is fall in love"

RFW




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* Hats off to Stubby Kaye, the host of Shenanigans, 
a "kid's game show that debuted on ABC in 1964 and lasted for 39 episodes. 
I think Uncle Stubby had a very happy glow about him most Saturday mornings. 
As an eight year old, these shows were very important to my eventual mental maturity
(?).


Saturday, April 01, 2017

Transmission 2517 - Like A Rudderless Boat


No direction in sight..

Parquet Courts
Cake
Beck
Smoovie & Turrell
The Beginning Of The End
Material
Fujyiai & Miyagi
Pimps Of Joytime
City Boy
Mark Ronson
Ebbott Lundberg & The Indigo Children
Sherwood & Pinch
Richard Barbieri

Still no direction in sight.

Pete Townshend
King Biscuit Boy & Crowbar
Black Mountain
Mountain
Cream
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
BeeGees
The Beach Boys
Paul McCartney
Elvis Costello
The Wildhearts
The Creation
The Jam
The Jesus And Mary Chain
Spoon
Bardo Pond
Lift To Experience

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"but that was when I got an idea,
came like a gun and shot in my ear."

RFW


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Transmission 2417 - Is It The Drummer Or The Drum?


Bang on this!

Kodō
Herbie Hancock
Dino, Desi & Billy
Michael Nesmith
Esquivel
The Waterboys
Wilco
African Head Charge
fIREHOSE
Japan
Sun Ra
Adrian Belew
Todd Rundgren
James Brown


"I don't want to work"

RFW



*Is It The Drummer Or The Drum? 
is both the title of today's RFW Transmission and a question inspired by 
an impressive performance by 
Kodō (鼓童), 
the internationally renowned taiko drumming troupe based in Sado, Japan.

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The various translations of Kodō, 
"children of the drum" and "heartbeat", 
are both very appropriate and actually supply the answer.

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These amazingly fluid drummers were so at one with each other
and their instruments that it was as if they were percussive offspring and siblings.
Whether delicately fingering, playfully partnering or furiously pounding
the synchronicity on display and sounds created 
sent one's pulse into overdrive.

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Celebrating their 35th anniversary, the Dadan 2017 tour,
 overseen by Artistic Director Tamasaburo Bando,
 is that rare combination of transcending spirituality and sheer physicality
 with the audience transported from meditative serenity to explosive attention
 and all stops in between.

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Future dates are scheduled for the remainder of the year throughout Japan including the 
Earth Celebration 2017, Aug. 18–20 on Sado Island, Niigata. 
Visit the Kodō site for details.


The host of Kodō Dadan 2017 at Symphony Hall, Boston is also
New England's major presenting organization with over 100 performance
and outreach activities annually.
Their mission to present world-class performing artists
who inspire and enrich our community is on full display at any of
the Celebrity Series of Boston upcoming events

Thank you for listening to RFW and supporting the world-wide arts community!

Kodo review photo credit: Robert Torres (thanks Robert)!


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